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Henderson, North Carolina
This booklet is dedicated
Rubin Marvin Boyd
Lyman Brooks Wilkinson
for their love of
Poplar Creek Baptist Church
February 22, 1981
HISTORY OF POPLAR CREEK
Peggy \l . Capps
Dedicated to Rubin Marvin Boyd
Rubin Marvin Boyd
Mr. Boyd mas born December 18, 19G0 in Granville County, son of
Martha Matthews and Rubin Bass Boyd. He attended school at Poplar Creek
Church School and later at Dabney . In 1917 he joined Poplar Creek Church
at the age of sixteen.
On November 25, 1920 he married Gladys Ellington. They were married
by Rev. E. R. Nelson, Pastor at Poplar Creek at that time. Mr. and Mrs.
Boyd have two children, Mrs. Margaret Greanway and Mr. M. C. Boyd, both
of whom are members of Poplar Creek. They have five grandchildren and six
Mr. Boyd has held various offices in the church over the years, and
in 1922 he was ordained a deacon. Most of the existing improvements to
the church have been made during Mr. Boyd's years of service as a deacon.
Mr. Boyd still looks forward to the continuing growth and improvements of
Dedicated to Lyman Brooks Wilkinson
Lyman Brooks Wilkinson
Mr. Wilkinson was born September 16, 1896 in Vance County, son of
Bettie Fleming and Peyton E. Wilkinson. His family had already been
affiliated with Poplar Creek for many years as one of the first founders.
IY!r, Wilkinson is a successful farmer in Vance County, During the past
several years his financial generosity has made a number of improvements
possible for Poplar Cxeek. However, his love for his church and his
faithfulness have been even more important than his gifts. He is
genuinely concerned for the spiritual growth and the loving fellowship
of the members of his church. All of us ouio him a debt of love and
Poplar Creek Baptist Church
Date taken unknown.
Poplar Creek Baptist Church
After first addition in 1956
and outdoor Bulletin Board in 1968.
Poplar Creek Baptist Church
After addition to front and addition of Board.
Poplar Creek Baptist Church
Date taken 1976.
"SBm -*** "-
Poplar Creek Baptist Church
Date taken 1978.
The baptistry mural was paintod by lYIr. Charles Sweitzer of Apex,
North Carolina. Mr, Sweitzer mas born in Pennsylvania, son of Ann Keen
and Julian Sweitzer. He was educated at Dradloy and graduated with a
Fine Arts Degree, and has a degree in Psychology from the University of
North Carolina, Chapol Hill, North Carolina. Ho has been a murolist for
the past fourteen years, doing mostly religious pointings.
Some of his works include the largest religious mural in the world at
Dallas, Texas; murals at Cral Roberts University at Tulsa, Oklahoma, and
on eighty-five foot mural at the Dattlc-Q-Rama located in the Carter's
Court Shopping Area in Franklin, Tennessee; in the fflerchandise Mart at
Charlotte, North Carolina a ten by eighty foot mural| a mural at the
MacArthur Academy, Hroiunwood, Texas, and the mural at Poplar Creek Daptist
Church, Henderson, North Carolina,
Mr. Sweitzer's future works include twenty-five early century scenes
for Doryl's Restaurants and proposed sketches for President Nixon's
Mr. Swoitznr is married to the former Sybil Roach and they hove two
Rev. John W. Phillips
3ohn William Phillips was born December 29, 1925, in Raleigh, North
Carolina, to Edgar Eugene Phillips, Sr., and Emma McLean Phillips. He mas
educated in the city schools of Raleigh, withdrawing from Hugh (Ylorson High
School at the ago of seventeen to enter voluntarily the United States IMovy
during World War II. At the end of the war, he returned to high school and
graduated at the top of the class.
In 1947 ho entered Campbell College and graduated valedictorian of his
class. In 1951 he graduated summc cum laude from Wake Forest College, whore
ho was also elected to the Phi Deta Kappa Honor Society.
While a student at Wake Forest College, ,"lohn became pastor of Tungsten
Daptist Church, Tungsten, N. C. During his pastorate at Tungsten, he was
ordained into the Daptist ministry.
In 1955 he graduated from Southeastern Daptist Theological Seminary,
Wake Forest, l\l. C,, receiving a D. D. degree. While at Southeastern, ho
served as pastor of Calvary Daptist Church, Virgilina, Va.
In 1955 and 1956 he attended Andovcr-Ncwton Theological Seminary in
Doston, Mass., where he received the Pilaster of Theology degree.
In 1956 and 1957 he attended Hartford Theological School in Hartford,
Conn., where he studied subjects designed to prepare him for the mission
In 195C and 1959 he and his wife (Lily Murray ffloblcy, whom he hod
married in 1943) and his daughter Lisa served as Daptist missionaries in
After returning to the U. S.. , 3ohn served as pastor of (Yloore's Chapel
Daptist Church in Saxapahaw, l\l. C, from 1959 to 1963. From 1963 to 1965
he was pastor of Calvary Daptist Church in Reidsvillo, N. C.
In 1965, 3ohn and his wife and two children (Lisa and Jonathan) moved to
Henderson, M. C, where he became an English teacher in the Henderson City
Schools and interim pastor of Wiso Daptist Church, Wise, N. C. From 1966
to 1970 he served as interim poster of Harriet Daptist Church, Henderson.
In 1970 he bocamo pastor of Poplar Creek Daptist Church.
Under his ministry at Poplar Crock they hove done considerable improve-
ments and added new additions to the church. Mr. Phillips is a very
dedicated Christian and urn nm pruiid of him fur sharing his Christian
faith with Poplar Creek.
Deed to Poplar Creek Daptist Church
Poplar Creek Church Covenant
Dy-Laujs and Rules of Drder
Church History by Mrs. H. D. Parrott . .
100th Anniversary History by lYlaxine Greenway
Drief Sketch of Church by PLggy U. Capps
History of Poplar Creek by Carolyn Hedgopeth:
Historical Facts and Events from 1859-1980.
Dibles Presented to Graduates
Gifts and Donations to Church
Church Membership Roll 1860-1900
Sunday School Enrollment 1979-1980,
"Queen For A Day"
Hard-tail, A Faithful Church member
This information below was found in "Flat River Association Inventory
of Churches," by l\l. C. State Historical Records Survey Projects, Raleigh,
l\l. C., February, 1941.
10. Poplar Creek Baptist Church, 1836-56, 1863 , Route #3, Hender-
son, Vance County. (Floyd's, 836-56)
Constituted 1836 by Rev. Samuel Duty and Rev. Josiah Crudup. Received
into Flat River Association 1840. No information available concerning
its history or places of worship 1836-56. Reorganized and received into
Flat River Association 1863. Present building, 1863 , a one-room frame
structure with plain glass windows, belfry, bell, and seating capacity of
400. First resident clergyman, Rev. Dosiah Crudup. The church has reported
a Sunday School since 1871. Church membership in 1840, 15j in 1845, 135;
in 1G63, 30; in 1873, 97; in 1083, 119; in 1893, 146; in 1903, 114; in
1913, 111; in 1923, 128; in 1933, 175; and in 1938, 91.
Record Book, 1914 .1 vol. Includes minutes of church conferences; member-
ship roll; names of pastors; and record of baptism, marriages, deaths, re-
ceipts, and disbursements. In custody of Mrs, H. D, Parrott, Route #4,
Henderson, I\l. C,
Sunday School record, 1927 , 5 vols. Includes membership rolls and
records of attendance, receipts, and disbursements. In custody of Mr. 5* T.
LeMay, Route #3, Henderson, l\l. C.
25. Minutes of the Flat River Association, 1836, page 10.
26. Ibid., 1840, page 2.
27. Ibid., 1863, page 3.
DEED TQ POPLAR CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH
John H. Wright & others
Lewis Parham & others
This indenture made and entered into this the 24th day of September 1859
by and between John H. Wright and Bazel Burroughs of the County of Granville
and State of North Carolina of the first part and Elba L. Parrish, Hilman
Barnes and 3. W. Wright, B. Burroughs, L. R. Parham and John Barnes,
trustees of the religious Society or congregation herein after mentioned
of the second part witncpeth that the said John H, Wright and Bazel Burr-
oughs for the purpose of promoting the cause of religion in the said
congregation and of assuming to them a suitable and convenient site for a
house of Worship and in consideration of the sum of one dollar to them in*
hand paid by the said Trustees for and on behalf of the said congregation
hath given granted bargained and sold and doth by these presents give grant
bargain and sell unto the said Elba L. Parrish, Hillman Barnes, and Oohn W.
Wright B. Burroughs 3. W. Brame and L. R. Parham Trustees of the religious
society or congregation of the Baptist Church the county of Granville and
known as the Poplar Creek Church a certain lot or parcel of ground situate
lying and being in the said County and described and bounded as follows
to wit: Beginning at a rock on the path thence West to a Red Dak 70 yds.
in Clarks line thence North to a red oak then East to a white oak on the
path thence along said path to the beginning marking in the whole two acres
more or less. To have and to hold the same with the appurtenances thereon
to them, the said Elba L. Parrish Hillman Barnes and John Wright B. Burr-
oughs, Lewis R. Parham and John W, Barnes, Trustees of the said congregation
of the said office in fee simple forever to and for the use of tha said
congregation of the said Baptist Church in the celebration of divine
service and other rules and purposes according to the constitution laws and
usages of the said Church at the said price subject to the proper jurisdic-
tion and control of such ecclesiastical authorities as by the constitution
and usage of the said Church have the control and oversight thereof and to
no other uses or purposes and subject to no other control authority or
jurisdiction for ever and the said Elba L. Parrish, Hillman Barnes and Doha
Wright, Bazel Burroughs, John W. Barnes and L. R. Parham and their heirs do
hereby declare and make known that this conveyance is taken by and made to
them as Trustees of the said congregation dnd. for the uses of the said
Congregation as a religious society and use andno other character and that
they have not and will not claim to have any personal interest therein ex-
cept as Trustees and members of said and according to the Trust herein
declared for the said congregation which the fee simple invested in them
by this conveyance and to the interest to assure the promises forever to
the said congregation. In UJitnes luhereof the said John H. UJright and Bazel
Burroughs hove hereunto set their hands and seals the day and dote above
Saml S. Hicks 3. H. UJright (seal)
William IY1. Stone _ , , »
B. Burroughs (seal;
Elba L. Parrish (seal)
Hillman Barnes (seal)
3. H. UJright (seal)
B. Burroughs (seal)
3ohn UJ. Barnes (seal)
L. R, Parham (seal)
Granville County November Court 1859
This execution of the for going deed was duly proved in open court by
the oath of Saml. S. Hicks one of the subscribers uutneses thereto and
ordered to be registered
A. Londis, Clerk
Truly registered Pr. L. A. Paschall P R
POPLAR CREEK CHURCH COVENANT
We, the undersigned, being impressed with the belief that it would promate
our spiritual prosperity and the glory of God, to be constituted into a
Gospel Church at Poplar Greek meeting house, Granville County, North Caro-
lina and believe it would be expedient at this time to do so by the aid of
Elders E. F. Beachum and William Royall to give ourselves to the Lord and
to one another in a Church capacity wishing to bo ruled and governed by
ourselves and acknowledge De'sus Christ only as our head and his word as
our law, and having been ordorely dismissed from Tabbs Creek Baptist Church
and other baptist Churches, do this on the 1st. Sabbeth in February Eight-
een Hundred and sixty throe join ourselves in a Church Covenant with each
other and to dwell together in common and to enjoy the privileges of God's
On. H. Wright
S. S. Hicka
L. R. Parham
3. B. Barnes
W. P. lYIangum
S. C. Wright
3. S. Wright
G. W. Wright
L. A. Wiggins
Mary S. Elling-
1-1 • ton
RULES OF DEACONS
1. We the Baptist Church of Jesus Christ at Poplar Creek Granville County,
do positively agree that all letters of dismission grantod to any Brother
or Sister shall not hold good but six months from date of letter. Done by
ordor of the Church, September 25, 1866.
2. All membors of this Church who are absent from Church three times in~
succession shall be dealt with. Done by order of Poplar Creek Baptist
Church, Saturday before the first Lords day in May, 1867,
John L. Carroll, Moderator
3ohn L. Wright, Clerk
QY LAWS AND RULES OF ORDER
The rules of order prevailing among well regulated Baptist Churches shall
be deemed binding among us. The following special rules are mentioned for
our guidance and government,
1. It shall be the duty of every male member to prompt and regularly
attend all business meetings to vote on all questions and not to with-
draw from conference without permission (any male member absenting
himself from conference for three regular meetings in succession shall
be considered disorderly and shall be dealt with accordingly unless
2. No member shall be entitled to a letter of dismission who has not
paid up all dues and subscription.
3. The Pastor of the Church shall be its moderator, but in absence a
moderator protem shall be chosen by the church.
4. All questions except the reception and dismission of members, which
shall be unanimous shall be by a majority of votes.
5. In all matters of personal grievances or complaints, it shall be the
duty of the offended strictly and literally to comply with the low of
the Master as it is recorded in Matthew 18:15-7, and any member so
failing shall be dealt with for contempt of the Laws of Christ.
6. The Pastor of the Church shall be called at the August meeting and it
shall be the duty of every male member to subscribe to his support
according to his ability and to pay such subscriptions in quarterly
7. The superintendent and the other officers of the Sunday School shall
bo elected by the Church annually on the first regular meeting of the
year, and the Church shall supply them with the funds necessary for
successful work (change made in December).
8. It shall be the duty of the Church to elect annually at the January
meeting a treasurer, a clerk and a collector for pastors's salary.
9. The clerk shall keep a truo account of the proceedings of each meeting
take charge of all records, and keep a roll of the members indicating
the time and manner of reception and the date of death or dismission
of every member.
10. The ordinance of the Lord's Supper shall bo observed quarterly at the
March, Dune, September and December meetings,
11. Quarterly collections shall be taken for the object of the N, C.
Baptist State Convention in the following way and order vis Foreign
Mission, March, State Mission, 3unc, Education, December and Home
Miction, September. (Time changed September 1888). It shall be the
duty of the Clerk to call the roll of male members and to furnish the
collectors of oach list with names of all the male members and tho
amount contributed by oach one.
12. It shall bo the duty of the treasurer to report at each December meet-
ing to tho conference, tho names of all brcthron who hove failed, ta
make any contributions cither to tho pastor's salary or church oxpensei
during the year.
1. That it is tho sense of this church that non-rosident members
should take their letters to a church that they can attend,
2. That, when for special reasons brethren prefer to leave their
membership with us in some way we expect them to communicate
with us at least once a year and to assist in bearing the
expenses of the church.
3. That, when such tron-resident members shall have gono. for a year
without cooperation with the church in any way, it shall bo the
duty of the clerk to so inform the church and lot the church do
all in its power to bring such members into cooperation with us.
4. That if these efforts hovo failed tho names of such members
shall bo dropped from our roll and no longer counted as members
HISTORY OF POPLAR CREEK
MRS. H. 0. PARROTT
Dynum Printing Company
Dr. W.R. Cullom
A PERSONAL WORD
It was in October, 1896, that I first came to Poplar Creek". Church*
It was at the same time that I was beginning my work at Wake Forest College
as Professor of Bible. For six and a half years I came to this church once
a menth from the college and enjoyed a most happy fellowship with them.
In the spring of 1921 they asked me tc come back to them as supply for
a time or twc. This "time or two" has grown into a continuous service of
almost ton years. From the standpoint of getting on together there is no.
reason that I know of why this service might not be continued indefinitely.
A, new generation has grown up, it is true, but they are my friends, and it
would be a joy to carry on with this new generatkon for ten years more.
But life does not move now as it did in 1896, nor as it did in 1921. Once
a month preaching by an absentee pastor is no longer to be tolerated. Let
us hope that soon our country churches will see to it that their services
are brought into harmony with the movements of the now day. With the
multiplied and multiplying demands upon my time, I do not feel that a
further continuance of this relationship (pleasant as it is) could at all
meet the demands of the present situation. Under those circumstances I am
withdrawing from this pastorate in the hope that soon the church may see
its way tc readjustments that will more adequately meet the demands of the
Mrs. H. B. Parrott wrote the history of tho church several years ago
and read it on an anniversary occasion. It was road again in connection
with the Fellowship meeting on November 2 of the present year. This histor>
along with the present roll of the church, is printed and given to the
congregation in the hope that it may prove to be a stimulus to yet better
things among the generation that is now in charge and among the generation
that is coming on.
It would bo pleasant to call many names and to deal in numerous person-
al rominiscensos with reference to men and women and children who have
wrought nobly. Many of them have passed to their eternal homo, and,
though they aro dead, they still speak. Such personal mention, however,
would either bo so inadequate as to misrepresent the facts in the case, or
would draw out the length of the introduction far beyond that of the histor'
Hard as it is, therefore, to do so, I refrain from all such reminiscing.
My tender love and abiding interest will follow these good people,
irrespective of namo or creed, so long as they and I shall live. They have
all bean exceedingly kind and thoughtful of mo, and my gratitude to them
will bo as genuine as has been their beautiful devotion, and as lasting
Blessings on each of themj
lli. R. CLullom
UJL UJALK BY FAITH!
I know not what awaits me,
God kindly veils mine eyes
And o'er oach step of my onward way,
Ho mokes new scenes to rise;
And every joy He sonds mo,
Comes a sweot and glad surprise.
One step and I see before mo,
'Tis all I need to see,
The light of heaven more brightly shines,
When earth's illusions flee;
And sweetly through the silence came
His loving, "Follow me J"
blissful lack of wisdom,
'Tis blessed not to know;
He holds me with His own right hand,
And will not let me go,
And lulls my soul to rest
In Him who loves me so.
So on I go not knowing,
I would not if I might;
I'd rather walk in the dark with God
Than go alone in the light;
I'd rather walk by faith in Him
Than go alone by sight.
Having bean led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the
Lord 3esus Christ as our Saviour, and on profession of our faith, having
been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
Ghost, we do now in the presenco of God, angels, and this assembly, most
solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together
in Christian lovoj to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge
holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to
sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to contribute
oh&oxtulXy oocj regularly to tbo support of the ministry, the expenses of
the church, the reliof of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through
all nations. We also engage to maintain family and secret dovotions; to
religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and
aequfjxiwfcunoosj tn iunlU oli-ouweppotly in the world; to be just in our deal-
ings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to
avoid all tattling, back-biting, and excessive angor; to abstain from the
sole and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage, and to bo zealous in.
our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Saviour.
Wo further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to
remember ooch other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress;
to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy of speech; to bo
slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of
the rules of our Saviour to secure it without delay.
We moreover engage that when we remove from this place we will, as
soon as possible, unite with some other church, where we can carry out the
Rjiin'-h of this cnuennrit and tlm principles nf Grid's word.
HISTORY GF POPLAR CREEK
About eighty years ago in the '50*s, there stood about twenty yards
south of this church a large log building. There was a rock chimney at one
end s and on one side an aperture uias left between the logs to admit light
and air, for thcro more no glass windows. Rude benches were on the inside
and also a huge fireplace which heated the building in winter.
This log structure was probably built for a church, but was used for a
schoolhouse as well. A few dov/out Baptists who lived in this community, and
who wore members of the log church, met hero for worship. The church was
not strong enough to support a pastor, so preachers from other churches
were sometimes invited and they preached occasionally. Rev. Mr. Spivcy was
one of these early preachers? Rev. UJ, H. Jordan another. Rev. Patrick Smith
of Tabb's Cxeck, a Baptist church about five miles away, also came over and
held services now and then. Prayer meetings were also hold. A Miss Polly
Paschall took active port in this work.
In the late '50's the church became very inactive for a few years.
Efforts were made to got it on a stronger footing, and to build a new house
but without avail.
Finally, in the year 1858, a series of revival meetings, conducted by
Rev. Moses Baldwin, wore hold at Tabb's Creek, of which Rev. T. 3. Horner
was pastor. Many additions were made to the church, several being from
this community. One of the results of these meetings was the decision ta
take over Poplar Creek Church and establish a branch of Tabb's Crock Church
at this place. This was done, and some of the members of Tabb's Creek who
lived nearby camo over to this church. In those days when there were no
good roads and few conveyances, traveling was a difficult matter, therefore
churchgoing was made more convenient by the establishment of the branch
Plans for the new church wore soon formulated and work was begun early
in the next year. Somo of tho men most instrumental in establishing the
branch church were 3ohn UJ. Barnes, Hilman Barnes, 'Squire S. S. Hicks,
L. R, Parham, Dohn H. Wright, Joe Clark, Elba Parrish, Bevel Ellington,
Thomas Patterson and UJilliam Mangum. 3ohn H. Wright and Bazzel Burroughs
gave the land for the church. Bazzel Burroughs furnished tho timber which
his negroes sawed with whipsaws. Hamilton Hostcr contracted for the build-
ing and his son, Ben Hester, did the work.
The house built in 1859 is the same in which Lue worship today. There
have been a few changes and repairs made from time to time. At first there
was a space loft behind the pulpit for the colored members, for during
slavery time many negroes belonged to the white churches. In 1868 the
church was ceiled and plastered. Later, in 1878, a baptistry was built in
the church, but was discontinued after a few years. The roof, too, lias
The church was dedicated in 1860. The dedicatory sermon was preached
by Rev, 3. B. Solomon, of lilarrenton. A large crowd was present for the
occasion. Some rode horseback, others came on wagons and many afoot.
There were only a few buggies in those days. It was not unusual to see a
woman riding to church behind a man, on the same horse. Horse blocks were
on each side the church yard near the road which was then termed the "Ridgs
Path." And this "path" in both directions was bordered on each side by
thick woods; for there was little cleared land in the immediate vicinity
of the church. The women present at the dedication were dressed in the
hoopskirts and bonnets of the '60's.
The trying days of the Civil War came on and some of the members
shouldered their guns and went away. Among them were George W. Wright,
Hilman Barnes, 3ohn UJ. Barnes, and 3. L. Wright. They went away members
of the branch church, but when they returned Poplar Creek had become an
During the war, on the first Sunday in February, 1863, Poplar Creek
Meeting House, as it was then called, severed its connection with Tabb's
Creek and became an independent body. Prior to this time all the busi-
ness had been transacted at the latter place--all the conferences held
there. Rev. E„ F. Beachum and Rev. William Royall, of Wake Forest, drew
up the church covenant and helped organize the independent church of
Poplar Creek. It was named Poplar Creek because of a small, nearby stream
bearing that name, in which the baptizing was done for a while.
The first or charter members of the independent church organized in
1863 were Llie following:
Bewel Ellington Amanda Ellington
3ohn H. Wright S. C. Wright
Elba Parrish Harriet Wright
Thomas Patterson Elizabeth Turner
S. S. Hicks lYlalison Barnes
3. W. Barnes 3ane Barnes
2. L. Wright lYIary Wiggins
H. Barnes Nancy Lloyd
G. III. Wright Mary E. Ellington
L. A. Wiggins Sophia Wright
A. Strum Lucy Wright
L. Lloyd Nancy Fleming
W. P. (Ylangum Lucy Fleming
C. G. Patterson Fannie Fleming
Thos. Ellington Sallic Hester
The first pastor was Rev. E. F. Boachum; the first officers were
S. S. Hicks and L. R. Parham, deacons; Elba Parrish, clerk; Dohn W. Barnes,
treasurer; John H. and John L. Wright, collectors.
The Barnes, Wrights and Parhoms figured prominently in the organiza-
tion and ujork of the church in its early history.
From the establishment of the church until now preaching services have
boon hold most of the time on the first Sunday in each month and conference
on the preceding Saturday. A good many years ago for a short period
services were hold on the fourth Sundays. At first the hour for tho
Saturday's conference was 9 o'clock in the morning, but was later changed
to the afternoon. Those who wished to unite with the church usually pre-
sented themsolves at tho Saturday conference. Before and during tho war
many colored pooplo, as well as white, joined in this way. In the early
records frequent mention is made of slaves belonging to different men of
the community presenting themselves for church membership.
We also find in the early records frequent accounts of members being
arraigned before the church for being delinquent in their church duties.
Regular attendance, paying of dues, and proper conduct were three things
required of every member.
Rev. 3. L. Carroll was the second pastor. He began serving the church
in 1866. During his pastorate the first association at Poplar Cxeek was
held in August, 1B66.
Rev. 3. A. Stradley was tho next pastor, serving tho church from 186B
Rev. F. R. Underwood came next, being pastor from '78 until some time
in the '80's. While he was pastor, in the year 1877, we first have mention
made of women taking active part in the church work. Harriet Wright and
Lucy Barnes were appointed as committee to make collections for State
missions; Mrs. 2. W. Barnes, Betty Clarke, and Polly Ellington, Foreign
The first Sunday School held at this church was conducted by Major
Parhan. He taught the catechism and Bible. fin Sunday Srhnnl. Ht.ornhiro
like that ujc have today was then used. Later on in the ' 70 • s there was a
large Sunday School. As many as eighty-one were enrolled in the year 1871:
according to an old book kept by S. Otho Wilson, who was Sunday School
secretary at that time.
During the 'BO's Dr. R. H. Marsh became pastor and served the church
until 1894. In the year 1086 the first trustees of the church were
appointed by Dr. Marsh. They were R. R. Callis, William McCann, 3. T.
Barnes, 3. L. Capps, 3. Hi. Fleming.
About this time the church was receiled and new benches or pews put
The Association was held at Pnplnr Crook fur the oooond time in the
year 1888. Associations in those days were largely attended and were
great events in the life of the community as well as in the life of the
It is interesting here to note that Mr. George Wright bought of Mr.
Bassel Burroughs thirty sheep for the Association. These he retailed to
Charles T. Ball was granted license to preach, at Poplar Creek, on th
first Sunday in September, 1889. He is the only minister of the Gospel
that has gone out from this church. Dr. Ball has become very prominent
in the work of the Baptist denomination.
Dr. Marsh resigned in 1894 and Rev. T. B. Hill became pastor, serving
two years. He was followed by Rev. 111. R. Cullom, who preached his first
sermon at Poplar Creek on October 4, 1896. During his pastorate a librar
was purchased for the church, and a schoclhouse was built on the church
grounds by the church. Dr. Cullom was instrumental in having the school
built and in securing teachers.
Rev. Mr. Cullom resigned at the close of the year 1902, and Rev. A. I
Hunter became pastor, serving the church not quite three years. Rev.
Herman T. Stevens came next. He was pastor about two years, accepting tr
work in the spring of 1906 and serving until September, 1908. In 1909
Rev. 3. A. Stradley the second time become pastor, preaching a little mo:
than a year.
Rev. E. R. Nelson accepted the pastorate in 1911 and served the churc
two years. While he was pastor, in the year 1913, the Association was hi
at Poplar Creek for the third time. After his resignation Rev. H.G. Bry
a IDakc Forost student, supplied for tho remainder of the year 1913. Theni
again in 1914 Rev. Mr. Nelson accepted the work and was pastor until the.
close. of 1916. Rev. 3. U. Teogue followed next, preaching less than two
Rev. S. L. Morgan, of the Henderson church, supplied most of the time
during tho years 1919 and 1920. In the spring of 1921 Dr. HI. R. Qullom the
second time became pastor.
The pastors, then, to summarize, that have served in all these yeara
in the ups and downs of the church and have striven to advance tho Kingdom
of God in this community, arc: Messrs. Boachum, (larroll, S.tradley, Under-
wood, Marsh, Hill, Hunter, Stevens, Nelson, Toaguo and Cullom. All except
tho last four have passed on into the Great Beyond.
Dr. Marsh, Rev. 3. A. Stradley and Dr. Cullmn are tho tla-un (instors
mho have servod the church for the longest periods of time.
Tho men who have boon dnacons are:
L. R, Parham 3. U. Fleming S. S. Hicks 3. L. Capps
Thos. Ratterson UJ. N. Critchor G, ID. Ellington P. E. Wilkinson
3. E. Callis 3. T. Hollowoy S. Otho LUilson E. C. Parrott
C. G. Patterson R. M. Boyd G. UJ. UJright Thomas Lemay
Tho following have served as clerks of the church:
Elba Parrish P. E. Rowland H, M. UJright G. LU. UJright
3, L. UJright P. C. Parham E. T. Parham E. C„ Parrott
3. H. Parham 3. L. Capps C. P. UJright Mrs. H.B. Parro :
LIST OF MEMBERS
Eugene Abbott Otho Choppell 3amos Fleming
Charlie Allgood n. C. Currin Cleveland Greonway
L. R. Ball George Currin UJillie Clopton
UJilliam Boll Batt Ellington I. D. Hart
Dodson Ball Boyd Ellington Dorsey Fleming Hart
Adrian Ball Sidney Ellington Harvey £. Harris
Gen F. Ball Roger Ellington. Sam Hester
UJilliam Ball Wallace Ellington, 3ohn Holloway
Harold Bradsher UJilliam Ellington S. T. LcMay
L. F. Boyd 3onos Ellington Charles L. LeMay
R. M. Boyd Herbert Ellington Thos. Benton Parham
Hubert If], Capps Bud Ellington 3asper UJayland Parham
Gilbert Capps J. U. Fleming 3. R. Parham
3. McElree Capps Goodo Fleming A. G. Parrott
Eugene C, Parrott
H. 0. Parrott
A. CL. Perry
Edward Lee Roberson
H. B. UJells
P. E. UJilkinson
A, P. UJilkinson
Tom UJil] if ord
G. S. UJright
Mrs. Lossio Abbott
Clara Mao Allgood
Mrs. L. R. Gall
Mrs. Inez Call Currin
Mrs. Hayden Glover
Mrs. Hunter F. Harris
Mrs. Ferol F. Hart
Mrs. Isabel Ball Hedgepeth Mildred Hart
Mrs. Maud Critcher Ball
Mrs. Tholma Ball Brooks
Mrs. Helen Capps Bobbitt
Mrs. L. F. Boyd
Mrs. R. M. Boyd
Mrs. Mozellc Hollowoy
. n . , Chappoll
Mrs. Hugh Currin
Mrs. Pearl Hester
Miss Pattic Hostcr
Miss Lucy Hester
Mrs. H. C. Hicks
Mrs. V/erna F. LeMay
Annie Marshall LeMay
Mrs. Daisy K. Parham
Mrs. Ellen Parrott
Mrs. A. G. Parrott
Mrs. Dorothy Parrott Mutt
Edna Earlo Parrott
Mrs. Tazzio Currin Daniel Mrs. J. M. Ellington
Mrs. Sallic UJells Edwards Miss Annie Ellington
Mrs. Drewry Ellington Mrs. Sarah UJilson Parrott
Nola Ellington Mrs. E. C. Parrott
Mrs. J. E. Ellington Mrs. Louise Parrott
Myra Ellington Hobgood
Mrs. Ethel Ellington UJhite Mrs. H. B. Parrott
Bailey UJilkinson Julia Parrott
E. B. UJilkinson Chloe Parrott
Mrs. Catherino Ellington Mrs. A. C. Porry
Critcher Miss Lizzie Perry
Mrs. Stella Hart Ellington Miss Mary Perry
Mrs. Sadie Ellington Mrs. Elizabeth Roborson
Mrs. Pauline Ellington
Willie Lee Elliott
Mrs. J. U. Fleming
Miss Lottie Grissom
Mrs. C. C. Groonway
Mrs. Johnny Groonway
Mrs. Sallic Short
Mrs. Ola F. Sattorwhite
Mrs. Maude Hobgood
Mrs. Q. UJ. Thomas
Mrs. Alma Thomas Parrott
Mrs. Froulinc Wells Hicks
[Ylrs. Lucy LUclls Donos
(Ylrs. Geneva Weaver
lYlrs. Rufus Woodlief
(Ylary E. Williford
lYlrs. P. E. Wilkinson
Miss Eva 3. Wilkinson
Mrs. A. P. Wilkinson
Mrs. Sallie M. Wilkinson
HISTORY OF POPLAR CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH
In the yoar 1B58 a scries of revival meetings conducted by Rev. Moses
Baldwin were held at Tabbs' Cxcok. Many additions were made to the. church>
several coming from this community. The result of these meetings was a
decision to take over Poplar Crook Church and establish a branch of Tabbs 1
Creek Church at this place.
In those days when there were no good roads traveling was a difficult
matter. Therefore, church-going was made more convenient by the estab-
lishment of a branch church. Plans were soon formulated and work was
begun. The land was donated by Mr. John H. Wright and Bazzol Burroughs.
Timber was furnished by Mr. Burroughs. Mr. Hamilton Hester contracted
for the building and his son, Ben Hester, did the work. This house is
the same wo worship in today with many changes and repairs having been
made from time to time. The church was dedicated irm 1860. The dedica-
tory sermon was preached by Rev. 3. B. Solomon of UJarronton. In February
of 1063, Poplar Creek Meeting House, as it was then called, severed its
connection with Tabbs 1 Creek and became an independent body. It was
named Poplar Creek because of a small, near-by stream bearing that name,
in which the baptizing was done for a while. In 1863 there were 30 charter
members. The first pastor was Rev. E. F. Bcachum. The first officers
were: S. S. Hicks and L. R. Parham, deacons; Elba Parrish, clerk; John
111. Barnes, treasurer; and John H. and Dohn L. Wright, collectors..
Referring back to 1878, Sunday School attendance increased and there
were 81 enrolled. Dy the year 1888 two associational meetings had taken
Some years later, on October 4, 1896, the Rev. 111. R. Qullom preached
his first sermon at Poplar Creek. During his pastorate a library was
purchased for the church and a school house was built on the church grounde
for the church. Dr. Cullom was instrumental in having the school built
and in securing teachers. Later, in 1902, Dr. Cullom resigned. Once more
in 1913 the associational meeting was held at Poplar Creek for the third
time. At a later date, Rev. 3. U. Tcague served as pastor. Rev. Teague
is now a resident of Henderson.
During the years 1919 and 1920, Rev. S. L. Morgan served this church
and in the Spring of 1921, for the second time, Dr. UJ. R. Cullom became
pastor. At the time of his resignation and for several years thereafter,
the pastor's vacancy was filled with supply ministers. According to the
most accurate information available at this time, Poplar Creek has since
colled as pastor the following;
Rev. 3, ID. Davis
Rev. UJ. D. Poe
Rev. Oohn lYIcCrimmon
Rev. Talmadge Smith
Rev. D. 0(1, Gordon
Rev. Ray Hodge
Rev. U. 3. Edwards
Rev. E. T. Vinson
Rev. Jimmie Durnhom
Rev. fflillard Bennett
Rev. Charles Parker
Rev. Eugene Hawkins
Rev. Morris Wilson
Rev. Richard Englert, Dr.
Rev. John UJ. Phillips
In April of 1950, under the leadership of the pastor, Rev/. Ray Hodge,
the interior of the church was re-modeled.
During the pastorate of Rev. UJ. 3. Edwards in 1953 a heating system
In 1956, with Rev. E. T. Vinson as pastor, additions of classrooms
and a vestibule were added. Later, in 1958, the building was pointed and
In October of 1960, Poplar Creek observed its 100th anniversary,
showing an increase in enrollment from 30 tc 104.
Dy (Yloxine Greenway
POPLAR CREEK DAPTIST CHURCH
Historical records show that Poplar Creek Daptist Church was first
organized in 1836 by the Reverend Samuel Duty and the Reverend Josiah
Crudup. It uias not until 1840 that Poplar Qreek was received into the
Flat River Association. At present there is no definite information as to
the place of worship from 1836 to 1856. However, one of the church's
early places of worship was a log structure about twenty yards south of
the present church.
This particular building was probably built as a place of worship, but
it was also used as a school house. There was a rock chimney at one end
and an aperture on one side to admit light between the logs. There were
no glass windows. Seating was on rude wooden benches, and heat in the
winter time was furnished by a hugh fireplace. Since the congregation was
very poor, it could not support a regular pastor; therefore, it invited
preachers from other churches to preach occasionally. Among these visit-
ing preachers were Reverend Spivey, Rev. UJ. H. Jordan, and Rev. Patrick
Smith from Tabbs Creek.
Poplar Creek become inactive for several years during the 1850's. Then
in 1858 the Reverend Moses Baldwin held a revival at Tabbs Creek which re-
sulted in a decision for Tabbs Creek to rejuvenate Poplar Creek as a branch
of Tabbs Creek. A fairly large number of Tabbs Creek's members who lived
near Poplar Creek began attending Poplar Creek. John H. UJright and Dazzel
Burroughs gave land for the building of a new church. Some of the men most
instrumental in establishing Poplar Creek as a branch of Tabbs Creek and.
eventually, as an independent church were John HI. Barnes, Hilmon Barnes,
'Squire S. S. Hicks, L. R. Parham, John H. UJright, Joe Clark, Elba Parrish,
Bevel Ellington, Thomas Patterson, and UJilliam Mangum. Bazzel Burroughs
furnished the timber for the new church. This timber was sawed with whip-
saws by his Negroes. Hamilton Hester contracted for the new building, and
his son Ben did the work.
The new church building was built in 1859 and is the same building we
worship in today. A space was left behind the pulpit for the few colored
members who belonged to the church. In 1360 the church was dedicated by
Reverend J. B. Solomon of UJorrenton, and in 1863 the church severed its
connection to Tabbs Creek to become an independent body. Also, in 1863
Poplar Creek was received for the second time into the Flat River Associa-
tion. Reverend E. F. Beachum and Reverend William Royall of Wake Forest
drew up a charter for the church.
The name of Poplar Creek was taken from a nearby stream. Before its.
reorganization in 1859 it was known as Poplar Creek (fleeting House.
Many improvements have been made on the church since 1863. In 1868
the church was sealed and plastered. In 1878 a baptistry was built but
later discontinued. During Dr. HI. R. Cullom's pastorate a library waa
established. The present pews were purchased in 1902. In the 195D's
carpet was installed in the sanctuary, and new rooms were added to the
front of the church. The wood heaters were replaced by gas furnaces in
1953 during the pastorate of Reverend UJ, 3. Edwards. The organ was given
by Kits. Goode Fleming, and the piano was purchased from fflr. Alvis Barnes.
The air conditioner was placed in the sanctuary in 1967 under Reverend
(Morris Wilson's leadership. In 1968 the bulletin board in front of the
church was purchased. During Reverend Richard Englert's ministry members
purchased stained glass windows to honor and memorielizs their loved ones.
The grandchildren of IVlrs. Dorothy Parrott Nutt gave a silver flower urn in
her memory, and lYlrs. Warren gave the picture of Christ in memory of her
father, H. D. Parrott, Sr. The communion tables and chairs were given by
members of the church in memory of loved ones in 1963. Other improvements
include the fallowing: new flogs purchased by the children of the Sunday
School, shrubbery, a speaker for the nursery, aluminum siding and insula-
tions a new educational building in 1976, a steeple in 1976, refinishing
of the church pews and the addition of cushions, repainting of the sanctu-
ary, and the addition of hanging lights in 1978,
A new pulpit Bible was given to the church after its reorganization in
1860 by Isaiah H. Fuller. In 1975 that Cible was rebound so that it might
be preserved. The old pulpit of the church was refinished in 1978, and it
and the rebound Bible were placed at the rear of the sanctuary as items of
beauty and inspiration.
The present (1978) church membership is 114. The Sunday School enroll-
ment is 65. The charter membership of the church numbered 30, Their names
were as follows:
H. Domes Nancy Fleming Elizabeth Turner
Dane Darnes Sallie Hester L. A. Wiggins
dlalison Barnes S. S. Hicks diary Wiggins
3. W. Darnes L. Lloyd G. W. Wright
Amanda Ellington Nancy Lloyd Harriet Wright
Bevel Ellington W. P. lYlangum 3. L. Wright
r/lary E. Ellington Elba Parrish John H. Wright
Thomas Ellington C. G. Patterson Lucy Wright
Fannie Fleming Thomas Patterson S. C. Wright
Lucy Fleming A. Strum Sophia Wright
The pastors of Poplar Creek Baptist Church since it was reorganized
and became an independent body in 1863 are as follows:
E. F. Deachum 1863-1866
3. L. Carroll 1866-1868
3. A. atrodley 1868-1875
F. R. Underujood 1878-1880
R. H. Marsh 1880-1894
T. D. Hill 1894-1896
ill, R. Cullom 1896-1902
A. D. Hunter 1902-1905
Hermon T. Stevens 1906-1908
3. A. Stradley 1909-1910
E. R. Nelson 1911-1913
H. G. Gryon 1913
E. R. Nelson 1914-191&
3. U. Teague 1917
a. L. Morgan 1919
E. R. Morgan 1920
UJ. R. Cullom 1921
3. UJ. Davis 1933
UI. D. Poe 1941
3ohn McCrimmon 1944
Talmadge Smith 1945
B. M. Gordon 1949
Roy Hodge 1949
UJ. 3. Edwards 1952
E. T. Venson 1955
3immie Durnham 1960
Millard Dennett 19.61.
Charles Parker 1961
Eugene Hawkins 1965
Norris Wilson 1966
Richard Englert, Jr. 1969
3ohn UI. Phillips 1971
Dy; Peggy dapps
POPLAR CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH
The constant movement of the large palm leaf fans stirred the air and
someiuhat cooled the sultry heat of the Tabb's Creek Duly revival meeting.
This was an important night for many of those in attendance, for this
night determined the future of Poplar Creek Baptist Church in the Dabney
Actually, the church has existed in some form since 1836 when Reverend
Samuel Duty and Reverend 3osiah Crudup first organized it. The church
was named after a nearby stream which was often used for baptisms, during
the 1850* s the members of the church met in a large log building about
twenty yards south of the present site. This building was also used as a
schoolhouse. For a few years in the mid-1850' s, the church became inactive
and no one knows where the membership went to continue their worship.
Then, in 1858 on that hot July night, the decision was made to reor-
ganize Poplar Creek. The plan was to construct a new building and to re-
juvenate the church by establishing it as a branch of Tnbb's Creek Baptist
Church. Many of the members of Tabb's Creek began to attend Poplar Cxeek
because it was nearer their homes. At that time the church was called
Poplar Creek Meeting House.
The church members worked together and began construction on the new
building the next year. Two of the members donated land, and others
furnished timber and slave labor. In the presence of a large crowd, the
new building was dedicated in 1860. Horses, wagons, and buggies, tied to
the hitching posts, lined the sides of the church. The tree-lined dirt
road thronged with wheels and feet as the sanctuary quickly filled to the
doors with men, women, and children. The occasion was truly lively and
In 1863 Poplar Creek Meeting House broke away from Tabb's Creek and
became an independent church body. The new church joined the Flat River
Association as Poplar Creek Baptist Church.
For a short while, services were held on the fourth Sunday of each
month. Later, they were moved to the first Sunday. On the Saturday pre-
ceding services, the men of the church held a conference presided over by
the deacons. At these meetings, they settled community disputes and inter-
viewed prospective church members. Most new members were accepted into
the church only after presenting themselves at the Saturday meeting.
Each church member had to live by very rigid rules. He had to attend-
regularly, pay his dues, and conduct himself properly at all times. If he
broke the by laws and rules of order, he mas brought before the church and
sometimes dismissed from membership, and according to church records, this
procedure was used quite frequently.
Most of the time, however, these members were allowed to re-enter the
church after making an apology.
The dress of the women of the church had to be appropriate, also.
Mrs. Nell Crews, a long-time member describes their attire, "The ladies of
the church used to wear a sort of uniform. They wore high top laced ankle
boots, black pleated skirts, and white blouses with high collars trimmed
in lace. A black ribbon was tied around the collar and tightened into
place with a brooch."
The women did not take a very active part in the church. They helped
mainly in the prayer meetings and in Sunday School.
The church used a specific seating arrangement for the different
sexes. "Th8 women and babies sat on the north side, and the men sat on
the south side of the church, " says Mrs. Crews, smiling over a memory just
recalled. She adds, "The young ladies and their beaus sat in the middle
row of pews. I remember I had to sit with my papa, but I would wish I
could go over and sit with mama."
"The men and women even went in and out separate doors. The two doors
were at the front of the church, and they never went in or out the wrong
door," continues lYIrs, Crews.
Mrs. Isabel Hedgepeth also remembers the church of her childhood,
"My papa would always sit on one special pew on the left side. You could
find him in that place every Sunday."
Church members used to devote more of their time to the church and:
its services. Sunday worship service would often last two to three hours
and everyone attended and no one left until it was completed. When revival
time came, the meetings would last for many hours of the day.
The revivals at Poplar Creek were generally held the first week in
July and lasted from Sunday through Thursday. "It would be hot and so many
people would come that they would have to stand up in the back of the
church. I remember fainting from the heat one time," recalls Mrs. Hedge-
peth, remembering the heat of those long ago revivals. "The revival
nisutings would begin at 3:00 and nnri in time for everyone to go home and
eat supper. Then, we would all come back at 8:00 for another meeting.
It all meant a long day,"
The preacher was a very important part of the community, and even more
important that first week in 3uly.
"Everyone mould fuss about who would have the preacher for Sunday
dinner. He would always eat that meal and often many others with different
families every week," says lYlrs. Crews, remembering those quarrels and the
ultimate visit of the preacher.
But time has changed all aspects of the church. The sanctuary and the
entire layout of the church building have undergone renovations, restora-
tions and additions.
In 1863 when Poplar Creek was finished, it was a one-room frame struc-
ture with plain-glass windows, a belfry, and a seating capacity of four
hundred. The present sanctuary is the original frame, but the roof has
been reshaped and belfry removed. Much remodeling has completely changed
the physical appearance of the building.
In 1878 a baptistry was built, but its exact location is unknown
today. It may have been located on the site of a large hole found under
the church in the 1970' s. The baptistry, however, was discontinued after
a short time.
The 1953 's brought even more changes to Poplar Creek. New walls,
new floors and carpet, and refinished pews were added to the church sanctu-
ary in April, 1950. The wood heaters were replaced by oil heaters, then
by gas furnaces in 1952. Two new classrooms and a vestibule were added to
the front of the church in 195C. These later additions were funded by a
presentation, "Queen for a Day," with an all male cast, given at Dabney
In 1960 the church celebrated its centennial with a special service
on October 2. A historical sketch of the church was presented to the
congrogation on that day, also.
The greatest additions to the church were made in the 1970' s, begin-
ning with the installment of stained glass windows in 1971.
On October 5, 1975, the new educational building was dedicated. This
building has three classrooms, two restrooms, a kitchen, and a fellowship
In 1976 a steeple was added to the church, and in 1978 new cushions,
hanging lights, and a repainting of the sanctuary gave the church a
different look. The pews, columns, and piano were refinished to enhance
the beauty of the sanctuary. The old Dible that was given to the church
in 1860 after its reorganization was rebound and placed on the old pulpit
at the entrance to the sanctuary.
The library, which has been recently added, is reminiscent of the past,
A small table made from wood taken from the original building has recently
been refinished and placed in the center of the library. New books and
a plaque describing the table have been placed on the table.
The last additions to the church mere the baptistry and choir loft
built in 1979. These recent additions consist of two dressing rooms,
two storage rooms, and a choir loft consisting of four pews.
The physical growth of Poplar Creek Baptist Church has been accompan-
ied by its growth in membership. The original thirty charter members have
grown into one hundred and fourteen present members.
"All of these nice improvements have been made to please the members
and to attract others to the church," says Reverend John LU. Phillips, the
present pastor of the church. "UJe are hoping that as the community grows
with the Community College, the church will continue to grow and aid the
By; Carolyn Hedgepeth
This article published in Crinkum-Crankum magazine published by Vance
Senior High School, 1980.
HISTORICAL FACTS AND EVENTS FROM 1859 to 1980
The house built in 1859 is the same ujo worship in today with some
improvements and changes made over the years. The dedication sermon was
preached by Rev. 3. 0. Soloman of UJarrenton, l\l. C, in 1860 and in August
of 1860 on the first Sunday the church agreed to join the Flat River
Association and at the same time becoming an independent body church from
Tabbs Creek. At this time a Pulpit Bible was presented to the church by
Isiah N. Fuller. It has been rebound and is under glass on the old pulpit
in the church.
Hilman Darnes was elected as deacon in April 1863. In April Brother
L. R. Parham was ordained as deacon.
On Saturday before the first Sabbath in August 1869 Ellen and Pheby
Y'oung, colored women came forward to join the Church, and after examination
were received to baptism on the 3rd of September 1B65. This is the first
record of any colored members of the church, although several are mentioned
in later records. They used to sit in a space behind the pulpit while
In 1868 the church was ceiled and plastered.
There is some lost history of the church from September 1876 to
Brother H. H. Barnes and 3. E. Callis elected deacons, January 26,1878
On Duly 27, 1878 the church agraed to build a baptistry, and in 1975
while cleaning from underneath the church they found a largo hole perhaps
where the baptistry was installed at that time,
A committee of Brothers G. UJ. Wright, 3. L. Wright and 3. H. Parham
was appointed to revise the rolli and church covenant in October 1885,
Appointed as trustees of Poplar Creek Church on March 6, 1886 were
R. R. Callis, W. M. McCann, 3. T. Barnes, 3. L. Capps and 3. U. Fleming.
About 1886 the church was receiled and new benches or pews added.
Brother G. W. Wright was ordained as Deacon October 1, 1887. Brother
3. R. Fuller was requested by the church to be Chief of Police at the Flat
River Association which was to be held at Poplar Creek on August 14, 1838.
A motion was made on May 4, 1889 to endorse the Harris 1 Crossroad
Sunday School as a branch school and supply them material was approved.
Dr. W„ R. Cullom was the church's first full time Preacher starting
his duties in 1896.
A request from Brother Von Deventer from Henderson that the church
raise 1100.00 for endowing UJake Forest College ujas approved in December,
Drother C. G. Paterson and 3. U. Fleming were ordained as Deacons,
December 8, 1896 the church purchased 50 new copies of tho Best Hymns.
In February 1898, Drother Cullom made a report of conditions of the
library with maps costing $2.70, freight $.91, bookcase $7.74 and cost
of books $31.20, total cost $42.56. Sister Annie Ellington elected to
fill the librarian job as the assistant librarian had left.
In September 1898 the church adopted the Church Hymn & Gospel Songs
as the church hymn books and to. buy 20 copies from Dr. Cullom.
In January 1399 Miss Mary Porrott was elected to assistant Librarian,
CL. G. Patterson, Jr. Librarian and Miss Lillie Callis as Church Organist.
New doors for the church were approved in August 1900, and in Septem-
ber the church met in conference to build a school house, and also to
provide for a well which was discussed in October, to which both were
In September, 1901 the church met in conference to organize a church
at Knott's pack house and Brother Ul. C lYlcCann reported attended and said
a church was organized at the place with 25 members, name of said church to
bo "Knotts Creek Church." The church also agreed to use the new school
house as a music room also, and the church had the organ and piano tuned
in January 1, 1902. Money was raised for school desks and building in
April of 1902.
On July 6, 1902, $987.00 was raised for a Chapel at Harriet Cotton Mil"
at Henderson, N. C. The Church gained 5 new members, three by baptizing,
and one by letter, one was restored to membership and the church lost one
Brother Rev/. A. D„ Hunter was called as pastor in November, 1902 for
the coming year of 1903. Brother Fleming resigned as Deacon and Brother
UJ. N. Critcher was elected to assistant deacon for the remainder of the
year. Brother Pittard asked for help from the church in building the Qhurcl
at Knotts Grove in October 1903.
In August 1905 Poplar Creek was in a field church with Island Creek,
and Rock Spring Churches,
Drother H. T. Stevenson was called as pastor in January 1906. A
committee was elected to lay off squares in the cemetery for the ones that
wanted a square and did not have one, in March of 1905,
In April 1909 a committee was appointed to buy an organ and it was
reported the $50. 0D plus the old organ could be traded for a new one. The
new organ was received in October 1909.
The first Sunday of each church year the church voted to have its
annual Homecoming Day. We still observe this date in honor of Dr. W. R.
Cullom who preached his first sermon on October 4, 1896, and contributed
so much to the lives of his church members.
Wo are still continuing our growth at Poplar Creek Church, even though
we are small in number we are indeed large in heart and have made many
changes at Poplar Creek, since the first church history written by Mrs,
Elizabeth Capps Parrott, wife of H. D. Parrott, Sr. We have members added,
some moving and others lost by death, we are still striving to make Poplar
Creek a better and more Christian Church to worship in and enjoy the
fellowship that we have always had.
IV! r. Zlames Landon Capps was our church clerk from 1914 until his death
in 1927, at this time Mrs. H. Q. Parrott was appointed church clerk which
she served for some time. In Mrs. Parrott's history of the church she ob-
tained a lot of information from Dr. Cullom's notes and with his help she
furnished us with the first history, and Dr. Cullom had about 500 copies
printed and paid for them himself. We still have only a few that >. jmembers
held on to, so for the benefit of all we have furnished a copy in the first
of the book.
In 1914 Brother E. R. CJelson purchased two collection baskets for the
church. We do not know if they are the same ones which we use in our
services today or not.
In March 28, 1914 Mrs. Ben Harris wanted possession of the old book-
cose made by her Uncle Merriman Parrish, on motion the church voted to
retain it. It is still in possession and in use in the church today, 1975,
The churches were more strict with their members in the older days
than now. In one case recorded it refused a member his letter on grounds
of not being in full fellowship with the church and by refusing to apolo-
gize to the church. After 13 months he apologized to the church and
received his letter.
In 1918 the church subscribed to the Biblical Recorder. March 6,
1920 the school house operated by Poplar Creek Church was sold to the high-
est bidder for $145.00 to Mr. 0. M. Capps to be used as a store.
First painting of the outside of church in October, 1920 and purchased
The church organ was turned over to Mr. A. P. Barnes a piano dealer
in part payment of a new piano, in September 1, 1922. Poplar Creek has
been in many church fields with other churches and at the present, 1977,
we are still in the Flat River Association, which we became a part of in
1365. At present we are having church services each Sunday except the
fifth Sunday of each month.
In March 1921 again Dr. Cullom came to Poplar Creek and served in
capacity until 1928. Many changes took place while he was here and the
church obtained insurance at a cost of $9.00 in 1916 on the building and
has increased it several times as the church is increased in value and
In 1924 George Ellington willed to Poplar Creek Church on the death
of his wife a certain piece of land that he formerly owned and to be sold
and the proceeds from this sale be given to the church. This land was
sold on February 16, 1924 and on April 5, 1925 the church agreed to use
the money total $220.00 to pay the building committee for use in covering
the church, and to use cedar shingles. This land contained 13 acres,
situated on railroad north end of Dabney. Mr. T. T. Hicks bought the land.
On October 5, 1925 the question of all-day serudce was discussed and
in view of a recent hail storm in the community they would not have it at
this time, but would next year.
Mrs. Sarah Ellington Capps, wife of Dames Landon Capps gave to the
church the communion service set in 1926. This is the one we use today.
A piano which was purchased from Mr. A. P. Barnes on September 1, 1922
with a balance due of $120.00 was cancelled with the money going to the
church to be used for the object most needed at the request of Mr, Barnes
in the form of the following letter:
"To the members of Poplar Creek Baptist Church
Dear Brethren and Sisters:
Owing to the fact that a great destructible hailstorm passed over your
community and destroyed nearly the entire crops which you had in progress,
I wish to make to the church a gift of the remainder of the account which
I hold against you for a piano I sold your committee for the church. Bal-
ance due me is $120.00. There are many of your members who had subscribed
and paid their subscriptions, others who had not paid their pledges and
others who wanted to help in paying this bill and had not subscribed, I
am requesting all who had not contributed to this piano fund to pay this
balance of $120.00 into your church treasury as soon as you can and let
the church use it for the object most needed.
Very truly yours,
A. P. Oarncs
Qn December 9, 1925 one of the church's faithful members passed aujay
and it was agreed that her obituary of Mrs. George UJ-. Wright bo put into,
the minutes of the church on motion made by Dr. 111. R. Cullom of Wake Forest
who wrote this in memory of her. It was so done.
ODITUARY OF MRS. GEORGE 111. UJRIGHT
Mrs. G. HI. Wright died at her home in Vance County on December 9, 1925 and
was laid to rest at Poplar Creek Daptist Church Cemetery on December 11,
1925. A host of friends from far and near gathered to pay their tribute of
love and respect to one who hod served her day end generation after the
manner of the Saints of old. Sister Wright (Fannie Rebecca Collins) was
born at Winston-Salem, February 7, 1848. Sho was educated at Oxford College
under the direction of 3. H. Mills.
On December 6, 1365 sho was married to Dro. George W. Wright and in
1366 was baptized into the fellowship of Poplar Creek Daptist Church. She
became the mother of nine children, four of whom proceeded her to the land
of rest and five of whom, with their honored father, still survive. The
home of these good pecplo was always on open house to the servant of tho
King. From 1866 to the day of her death, God's Holy Dook and the Oiblical
Recorder were the influences that created and controlled the atmosphere of
their home, and what a joy it was to 3. S. Strodley, R. H. Marsh and other
pastors that came to her church to enjoy the calm assurance of this home.
It will be noted that her home was started just after thot awful up-
heaval called the Civil War. Other fierce and trying political and
religious upheavals came to her community and many were shaken to the ex-
tent of losing their bearings. Not so with this good woman. Through storm
and trial that constituted the severest test, sho maintained an equili-
brium that was born of abiding faith in God. In body, mind, and Spirit,
it could be said of her as of many great souls, she came through groat
tribulations. In the most of trial and suffering however, no word of com-
plaint was hoard to como from her. On the contrary both in season and out
of season, she bore herself with patience and dignity that was bound to
convince those about her of the reality of an unseen helper. Coupled with
these strong convictions and this beautiful spirit, was a readiness to
spend and be spent in practical service to those about her. May a doublo
portion of her spirit fall upon and abide in her loved ones and friends.
And so may hor lifo go and be
multiplied manifold in the Hues of those who may come after her; for the
world is in great need of such spirits and such lives. "She hath done what
she could; therefore, well done good and faithful servant; enter thou into
the joy of thy Lord."
Ui. R. Cullom, Wake Forest, N. C.
In 1926 Brother G. W. Wright, Sister H. B. Parrott and Brother J. L.
Capps were asked to rewrite the church records as of February 1926,
On March 27, 1927 memorial services were held for Brother UJ, A.
Critchor at 3:00 o'clock.
In April, 1927 the church having no separate classrooms decided to
have some and they obtained enough curtain goods for curtains to partition
off classrooms in the church.
June 7, 1929, Dr. Cullom, Rev. E. R. Nelson and a good many members of
Poplar Creek and other friends met at the home of G. UJ. UJright to help him
celebrate his 92nri birthday. Songs were sung, prayer was offered and shor''
talks made. Brother UJright had planned to serve refreshments that night
thinking his friends were to gather at a later hour. lYlr. UJright was de-
lighted but declined as delegate to the association for which they
nominated him, due to his health. Ilflr. UJright died on March 8, 1930 at
the age of 92. He was buried on Monday, March 10, 1930. Mr. UJright at
his death was treasurer of Poplar Creek having served his church to his
fullness. Dr. Cullom assisted by Dr. Ellis of Henderson and Rev. E. R.
Nelson a former pastor, conducted Mr. Wright's funeral services. His
death was followed in a few short weeks by that of his daughter Miss
fflattie Wright and also in a short time by the death of Ida Burroughs,
faithful colored servant for 40 years.
In December 1930, Dr. Cullom presented to Poplar Creek about 400
copies of "History of Poplar Creek Church," by Mrs. H. B. Parrott. Dr.
Cullom himself was responsible for the publishing cost of these copies
"with his tender love," a parting gift so to speak, as Dr. Cullom was re-
signing from the church as full time pastor. (See Chapter I for history).
In May, 1933 Poplar Creek lost another of its faithful and concerned
members, Sister Mary Parrott, wife of Eugene C. Parrott after several
years of declining health.
In Duly, 1933, Dr. Charles T. Ball who was raised in the community and
has become very prominent in the Baptist denomination, preached the
revival sermon for Poplar Creek.
April 1933, Poplar Creek lost one of its most outstanding and beloved
members, Mr, Amos Parrott, who died on Monday, April 30, 1933 about 4:30
in the afternoon. He mas buried at Poplar dreek Cemetery two days later.,
"I wish that wc might pause in this period of worship to think for a few
moments of one who for more than twenty-five years occupied a place of
confidence and trust in our beloved Church and Sunday School.
I refer to the life and death of Brother Amos G. Parrot; his life will be
remembered in this community as long as this generation lives. It was a
shining example of the place all of us hope to attain, in that it counted
so much to his family, his community and his Church. His death was a dis-
tinct loss to us, because his death took from us a friend, a good worker
and a dependable Christian gentleman. Few people have lived among us who
made such a contribution to his community life; he was active in the affairr
of his county, giving of his time and talent in helping to shape the policy
of government; he was a great help in local gatherings offering suggestions
which made each meeting a greater success and with his own hand made arrange
ments which were were wise and helpful.
We shall miss the good advice ho had for us, we shall miss the port
that he has played hero, and our only consolation is that he was spared so
long to help and advise. He was a faithful worker in his Church; at the
time of his death he was serving on the board of Deacons, which is the
highest office we as a church could bestow on a member. He felt it a duty
to be at his church whenever services were being hold, and in a remarkable
way attended almost every service. UJe extend to his family our sympathy
and love, and hope that his going will only prove a greater activity on
their part to fill his placo. We would like to hove a copy of this resolu-
tion handed the family, a copy sent the Biblical Recorder, and a copy given
for- the permanent records of this church."
fflrs. Ferrell Hart
S. T. LoMay
On the first Sunday in Dune 1936, Mr. Back Howard of Greenville, l\l. C,
made a talk on "Layman's Day," a movement mode by the Flat River Associa-
tion to be in our yearly services.
In 1937, the UJomon's Missionary Union of the church made some improv-
ing in the interior of the church. 'JJalls refinished and shades provided
for the windows at a cost of $30.00
In September 1938, Mr. L. R. Ball, one of the oldest members and life-
long member of the church died after a lengthy illness.
On dune 11, 1939 the first marriage in 20 years at Poplar Creek took
■place between Miss Mildred Hart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Hart who
becane the bride of Nelson Bowden of New Bern, N. C, with Rev. UJ . D. Poe
performing the ceremony.
In 1940 in the spring the missionary society of the church planted
shrubbery in front of the church making it more attractive.
October 4, 1940 the 47th annual session of Flat River Association was
held at Poplar Creek. This was the first time the church has been host
church since 1913, 27 years ago.
In 1941 the oldest member of the church Mr. 0. U. Fleming passed away,
along with Mrs. P. E. Wilkinson, another oldest member. She and Mr. Flem-
ing were brother and sister. Two more of the older members passed away,
Mrs. L. R. Ball and Mrs. Ellen Parrott. These were four very active and
dedicated members of the church.
Rev. John H. McCrimmons was pastor in 1943 while the church was in the
field with west End and Middleburg Churches.
Many boys from the church and community served in the army during
World UJar II from Poplar Creek. They were Carlyle LUright, H. B. Parrott, Or.,
Amos Parrott, Cecil Capps, M. C. Boyd, William Ellington, Dorsey Fleming
Hart, Melvin Boyd, Layden Greenway and John Capps. Several church members
lost their lives in the war, Clifton Harris, Bernard Coley and Cleveland
Greenway who was killed in November, 1944. Serving from the community were:
Mac Arle Crews, Glen Harte, Seth Glover. Julian Greenway, a member of Harris
Chapel Methodist Church, lost his life in the war also.
Mrs. 3. U. Fleming passed away in 1944, one of the church's faithful
In June 1945, Mr. E. C. Brewer was ordained as Deacon. This year
the church put on a new roof, and it also lost two more of its dedicated
members: Mr. Garland Parrott and Mr. Eugene C. Parrott.
In October 1943, Rev. 111. D. Poe who was the moderator of the Flat
River Association for a good many years passed away.
In April of 1950 the interior of the church was improved by putting
up new walls, new floors and the refinishing of the benches was started.
Also in this same month, the members of the church along with our pastor
Rev. Ray Hodges and Mr. Bill Pierson of Jake Forest, N. C, took a reli-
gious census in the community in connection with the Flat River Association.
On the third Sunday night in April the church members met at the Qabnsy
School due to the remodeling of the church. The church voted to try to
raise the money for the remodeling job rather than borrow it from the bank.
In September the church had a secret ballot to elect tmc deacons,
M. C. Boyd and Mr. Clarence Moore were their choice, and they mere ordained
on the second Sunday night in November
In February of 1951 me had joint revival services with the- Dexter
Church due to the fact that Dexter was being remodeled. Rev. Ray Hodges 1
uncle gave many selections of spiritual music. This revival was conducted
in simultaneous revival held over the Southern Baptist Convention.
In March of 1952 Rev.lil. 3. Edwards became the pastor and was with us
until the last of April 1355. Rev. Edwards left to become the Flat River
Association Director. During his pastorate the church installed gas furn-
aces before the Dune Revival.
I0e had several supply pastors in September 1955. The church called
Rev. E. T. Vinson as our pastor, and he was our pastor until October 1,
In October of 1955 tho members began plans for an addition to the
church and in February of 1956 they presented them to the church with
approval. The contract was given to Mr. Morgan of Oxford, N. C. for two
additional rooms on the front of the church and a vestibule and two rooms
in the church with folding doors to be used as classrooms or additional
space for services. The work was completed in April of 1956 at a cost of
$3722.00 and in October 1957 the church paid the debt in full. During this
time the church members presented "Queen for a Day" at the Dabney School
with the help of other members from the community.
In 1957 a secret ballot was hold to elect two deacons and Conly Capps
and Adrian Ball were elected.
In 1958 some more remodeling ujas done on the church with the building
being pointed and restrooms added at the back of the church. A well was
also dug at this time. Mr. John Franklin was the contractor for this job.
In Dune a cement walk was put across the front of the church at a cost of
In Duly the church sold some timber off the church property for
$275.00 and $195.00 was used for the painting of the church.
Our church records show that there's a lot of history about our church
that we do not realize. On August 9, 1959 it is written, "one of our
faithful members, Mr. D. M. Capps, was buried today in our church cemetery.
His presence in our church and community will be missed greatly."
On Septcmbor 13, the wedding of Miss Patsy Ruth Moss to Mr. Billy Sims
took place. And on September 27, 1959 tho church presented to Rev. E. T.
Vinson and wife a silver fruit bowl as this was his last service for the
Octobor 1960 on the 2nd the annual Homecoming for the church was
observed as this mas the 100th anniversary of the founding and establishing
of Poplar Creek Church in the year of our Lord 1060. Our pastor Rev. Durn-
ham delivered the sermon "The Model Church." Mrs. C. H. Groenway hod
written a small sketch about the past history of the church for this
special occasion. This is found in port two of this booklet.
Rov. Millard Dcnnott was our supply pastor from March 18, 1961 until
until August 19, 1961, and on November 19, 1961 the church colled Rev.
Charles Parker as minister of the church which ho served for several years
and resigned to go to Lumbcrton, l\l. C. on May 11, 1965.
On December 31, 1961 a "Watch Service" was held at the church from
10 until 12 with a good attendance and refreshments served.
The church painted and installed carpet in April, 1962. This added so
much to the oppearanco of the interior of the church. The progress of the
church has indeed grown, but not without the help of the loyal members of
Poplar Creek it would not hove been possible.
Our church was host church to the Flat River Association on Octobor
24, 1962, with the attendance of over 200 guests. The ladies of the church
served Drunswick Stew, barbecue, potato salad and slaw, along with cakes,
pics and drinks. The flowers for this occasion were furnished by Mrs.
Frances Doyd Hayes in memory of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lucius Doyd,
who were faithful members of this church.
On the 21st of October, 1962 at the regular services a pulpit Diblo
was presented to the church by Mrs. Ruth Doyd Greenway and family in memory
of her husband Charlie Greenway, Sr. and her son Cleveland Greenway.
The church voted to buy a vacuum cleaner, since installing the now
carpet, this would make it easier to clean and practical also.
Again in 1962-63 on New Year's Eve the church hold a "New Year's Eve"
service with a number of the church members attending.
On April 14, 1963 wo again had the privilege of hearing Dr. HI. R. Cul-
lorn, a dear Christian churchman, who served so long as pastor of the church
Deacons were appointed by the pastor and approved to increase the
number from 5 to 8. They are Amos Drawer, Dohn Capps, and Adrian Ball,
with Dr. Cullom installing those men in a service, "Tho Laying on of Hands.
Rov. Porker discussed buying two choirs and communion table for tho
church and in Ouly 1963, Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Hayes gave the communion table
in honor of her parents Mr. and Mrs. Lucius F. Doyd, this being the first
time UIG hod new pulpit furniture since the church was established, UJe
agreed to sell the old ones to the highest bidder and the money to bo used
for partial payment of the new. This motion was lator declined.
Homecoming was held with a former pastor bringing the message, Rev,
UJ. J. Edwards, with approximately 180 members, friends and guests attending.
Also in October a special dedication service was hold for the now pulpit
furniture: table by lYlr. and Mrs. H. T. Hayes, in memory of Mr. and Mrs.
Lucius F. Boyd, one chair by the LeMay family in memory of their father and
deacon S. T. LcMoy, another chair by Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Drewer in memory of
Deacon and Mrs. Amos Porrott.
In this year, a book "The Cullom Lantern," written by James H. Black-
more was published on the life and events of Dr. UJ. H. Cullom, a long-time
pastor of this church. A few of the members ore mentioned in the book.
Easter service was a very special occasion for Rev. and Mrs. Charles
Parker as they become the paronts of a son, Christopher. The church wishes
the best for tho parents and son. In May he was christened in the church,
along with tho Mother's Day program. This was a very meaningful event.
Mrs, Johnnie Gruenway was the oldest member, Mrs. Charles Parker, youngest,
and Mrs. Amos Drewer sharing tho honor with Mrs. Porker, Mrs. Adrain Ball
with the most children.
Bibles were presented to the graduates of the church as this was
started in July, I960 with the presenting of the first Bible going to A. 3.
Ball. Since than they have boon given to Pam Groenway, Jerry Moss, Ken-
neth Ball, Dennis Groenway and on this day went to Betty Crews, Jerry Capps,
Gory Sparks, Jimmy Nutt with Mrs. Wilson Parrott in charge of this program.
The church was painted in 1964 for the Homecoming services, with many
making the remark that it was very nice looking.
In April, 1965 wo began to hove Easter Sunrise Service at the church
and have continued it together with other churches joining us--Horris
Chapel and Rehoboth Methodist Churches, and having it a different church
Rev. Parker resigned as pastor of our church on May 11, 1965 and with
dcop regrets, the church remembered him and his wife with a going away gift
of a silver tray.
Rev. Eugene Hawkins was pastor from July 4, 1965 to June 25, 1966;
during this time he was married and brought his bride to be with us as
Homecoming was held as usual but the time was cut short due to the
loss of one of our members, Miss Annie Ellington whose funeral mas held
at the church. Another one of our members Mrs. H. 0. (Minnie) Hicks passed
a may at the age of 93 in 1966.
Rev. Hawkins was ordained at the Roxboro Baptist Church while he was
our pastor on October 24, 1965.
Mrs. Goode Fleming gave us a very nice and useful gift of our present
organ in loving memory of her late husband who was one of our church mem-
bers. The dedication for this gift was held on July 10, 1966 with Mr. Amos
Orewer, our Sunday School Superintendent presiding and special music was
played by Mrs. Flossie LeMay, niece of Mr. ^leming.
Poplar Creek is a very small church but we hove been very fortunate in
obtaining some of the finest pastors to grace our pulpit. One such man was
Rev, Norris Wilson who became our pastor in August 1956 and served in that
capacity until his death on April 23, 1969. During his service this church
acquired a microphone given by Mr. Louis Greenwayj air conditioning was
installed, and an outside bulletin board was installed in the churchyard.
This was given by Mr. E. C. Orewer, Mr. Irvin IMutt, Mr. D. Mac Crews and
Mr. Charlie LeMay.
A joint revival service was held with Harris Chapel Methodist Church
starting April 13, 1S69 with Rev. Andy Hall, pastor of Harris Chapel preach-
ing the first three nights and Rev. Wilson the last three nights. On
Sunday before the joint services, Rev. Wilson was stricken with illness
that left him blind in one eye, yet he filled the pulpit those last three
nights, and on April 28, 1969 Rev. Norris UJilson passed away at Duke Hos-
pital after only a brief illness. Rev. Hall preached his service from our
church and several of the members journeyed to Gaffney, S. C. for his
services on May 1, 1969.
Rev. Richard J. Englert, Dr., became our pastor Duly 6, 1969 and
served until May 30, 1971 at which time the church presented him with a
painting of Poplar Creek Church as this was his first church he served.
Rev. John Phillips has been our supply pastor and on June 27, 1971 was
called to full time pastor. Under his ministry we have done a great deal
of improving in our churchj with the addition of stained glass windows,
each being given by a church family in memory or honor of loved ones| with
dedication services held October 3, 1971 at annual Homecoming Sunday. UJe
began a goal to add an educational building and in June, 1975, we gave the
contract to Mr. Jimmy Knight, a member of the church, with the hope that
it would be completed for Homecoming. Mr. Knight had our building ready
for use on Homecoming October 9, 1975. life are very proud of this building
and it has held many church functions mithin our church as me 11 as some
other activities, with the first function being in the form of a Halloween
Carnival for church members and visitors on October 31, 1975. This is to
become an annual affair. The church organized an Acteen group, but for
several reasons after a while it was disbanded with the hope that it may
one day be reorganized. Our library was reorganized with Mrs. Elizabeth
Parrott, Librarian and has added new materials and books.
On March 1977 at 9 o.' clock a new steeple was added to our church which
added much to the appearance of the church.
April 24, 1977 was the dedication Sunday for the refinished pews,
which were purchased in 1902 and the steeple. In November the members
added cushions to the pews for the comfort of members. Our pastor made
song racks and added them to the pews which were very much appreciated.
Aluminum siding was added to the original building and the church
bought some outdoor equipment for the children and teenagers to use:
basketball goal, volleyball net, balls and horseshoes.
In February 1978 the beautif icotion committee recommended that the
walls, ceiling and floors be refinished. This met with the approval of
the church and also the addition of new hanging lights which we are so
proud of. This was done with the help of members and one of our loyal and
A plaque was presented to Mr. Lyman 0. Wilkinson at a special spaghetti
supper on February 1978, honoring him with love and appreciation from the
Flowers by the Acteen group were planted around the outdoor bulletin
board, and the ground committee lowered the markers in the cemetery.
In 1979-1980 fiscal year the church did some more remodeling with
adding a choir loft and baptistry; this was done through the generosity of
loved ones, memorial fund and church members. On March 30, 1900 the. church
library caught fire with it confined to that room only, and only srnoke-
damaged the books. we are grateful for the quickness of one of our neigh-
bors, Mr. S. 0. Parham who informed us of this misfortune.
On April 13, 1900 the outdoor bell was completed and rung for the
worship service by Dohn Capps, 3r. Also step railings and new outdoor
carpet added for the improvement and convenience of the members. UJe also
took up the large shrubbery and planted smaller ones.
On August 17, 1980 dedication services were held for the choir loft
and baptistry which were "Given to the Glory of God in honor of Lyman D.
Wilkinson, August 17, 1930." In the words of the above inscription our
baptistry and choir loft mill be dedicated to Lyman Drooks Wilkinson. Mr.
Wilkinson became a member of Poplar Creek in 1912 when the Reverend E. R,
Nelson urns pastor. Mr. Wilkinson was born on September 16, 1896, to a
family which had already been affiliated with Poplar Creek for many years.
During the past several years his financial generosity has made a number of
improvements possible for Poplar Creek. However his love for his church
and his faithfulness have been even more important than his gifts. He is
genuinely concerned for the spiritual growth and the loving fellowship of
the members of his church. All of us owe hirn a debt of love and thankful-
Also on August 17, 1980 dedication services were held for the baptis-
try painting "Given to the Glory of God in loving memory of Eugene C.
Drewer, August 17, 1980." In the words of the above inscription the
beautiful painting for our baptistry will be dedicated to Eugene Clifton
Drewer. Kir. Drewer was a long-time member of Poplar Creek, a beloved
leader and deacon. Although he was a Methodist before he become a Daptist,
he was one of our most devoted and faithful members. He was born Dune 3,
1911 and died September 24, 1977. Mr. Drewer became a Daptist in 1943,
some time after marrying Edna Earl Parrott, pianist for Poplar Creek at the
time of their marriage. He become a deacon in 1945, and at the time of his
death he was chairman of the deacons at Poplar Creek. Through his fine
Christian example, his financial support, and his continuing interest in
the development of his church, lYIr. Drewer made a lasting and greatly
appreciated contribution to Poplar Creek Daptist Church.
The painting of the mural in the baptistry was done by Mr. Charles
Schwitzer, who has done many religious paintings and we are grateful that
he was chosen to do ours. It leaves an inspiring message in one's self as
he looks upon the painting.
Poplar Creek has made many improvements, additions and has in the
future many things in mind. Out lot us remember that without the love and
faithfulness of the members who have given time, effort, generous contri-
butions to every project this would not havo been possible. We look for-
ward to a brighter future in love, friendship and Christian faith.
Rev. E. F. Oeachum 1B63-1866 Poplar Creek's first Pastor)
Rev. 3. L. Carroll 1366-1868 Rev. Dr. Ui. R. Cullom 1921-1933
Rev. 3. A. Stradley 1868-1875 Rev. 3. III. Davis 1933
Rev. F. R. Underwood 1878-1880 Rev. 111. D. Poe 1941
Rev. Dr. R. H. Marsh 1880-1894 Rev. 3ohn (YlcCrimmons 1944
Rev. T. D. Hill 1894-1894 Rev. Talmadge Smith 1945
Rev. Ul. R. Cullorn 1894-1902 Rev. B. IKI. Gordon 1949
Rev. A. D. Hunter 1902-1905 Rev. Ray Hodge 1950-1951
Rev. Herman T. Stevens 1906-1908 Rev. 111. 3. Edwards 1952-1955
Rev. 3. A. Stradley 1909-1910 Rev. E. T. Vinson 1955-1959
Rev. E. R. Nelson 1911-1913 Rev. Oirnmie Durnham 1960
Rev. H. G. Dryan 1913 Rev. Millard Dennett 1961
Rev. E. R. Nelson 1914-1916 Rev. Charles Parker 1961-1965
Rev. 3. U. league 1917-1919 Rev. Eugene Hawkins 1965-1966
Rev. S. L. Morgan 1919-1920 Rev. Norris UJilson 1966-1969
Rev. E. R. Nelson 1920 Rev. Richard 3. Englert, Jr. 1969-1971
Rev. 3ohn W. Phillips 1971
Deacons and Deaconess of Poplar Creek Church 1858-1980
Adrian Jerome Ball, Sr., Chairman
James Conly Capps, Sr., V ice-Chairman
Adrian Jerome Ball, Sr,
Lucius Fleming Boyd
Marvin Cullom Boyd
Rubin Marvin Boyd
Amos Clifton Brewer
Eugene Clifton Bremer
J. E. Callis
James Conly Capps, Sr.
James Landon Capps
John Landon Capps
Barnes MacArle Creujs
Willie N. Critcher
G. 'dJ. Ellington
James Upsher Fleming
Larry Thomas Greenujay
Louis Lanning Greenujay
Daniel Wayne Guin
* (firs. Ferol Fleming Hart (Mrs. Dorsey)
* S. S. Hicks
* J. T. Holloiuay
* Stephen Thomas LeMay
* Clarence Broadus Moore
Jerry Lee Moss
L. P.. Parham
Amos Gooch Parrott
Eugene Crawford Parrott
Nelson Vernon Parrott
Charlie Gaston Patterson
Billy Neujcomb Simms
Peyton Eduiin Wilkinson
5. Otha Wilson
BIBLES presented to church members
Since I960 Poplar Creek has presented a personal engraved Bible to each
member of Sunday School who graduates from High School in hopes that it will
remind them of the love and concern that the Church has for them in the
future as they go their separate ways.
Adrian Jerome Ball, Dr. Philip Made Guin
Pamela Faye Greeniuay Robert UJinston Crews
Jerry Lee Moss
Kenneth Bryon Ball
Dennis Cleveland Greeniuay
Larry Thomas Greeniuay
Lynda Faye Capps
Daniel Wayne Guin
Charles David Parrott
John Richard Greeniuay
Michael Randolph Ball
Bobby Cullom Boyd
Nancy Gayla Capps
Gloria Patsy Hedgepeth
John William Owen, Jr.
Jackie Rose Greeniuay
Thomas Jeffrey Greeniuay
Allen Richard Ball
Marvin Gray Boyd
Gary Ronald Ball
Ronnie Blake Moore
Doris Rose Oiuen
Joseph Cyrus Omen
John Michael Franklin
Malcolm Allen Hedgepeth
James Conly Capps, Jr.
Regina Sue Capps
Lisa Mobley Phillips
Donald Fleming Crews
Jerry Brooks Capps
Betty Jean Crews
James Norfleet Nutt 197B
Gary Sparks Donna Karen Capps
Eugenia Leigh Harris
Jonathan LUilliam Phillips
Letha Ann Capps
Carolyn Ann Hedgepeth
Christopher Ernst UJilson
GIFTS AMD DONATIONS TO CHURCH
1. Land for church given by Bazel Burroughs and John H. Wright, 24th of
2. Pulpit Bible presented to Poplar Creek Church by Isiah R. Fuller,
fiflay 8, A. D., 1860. (Rebound by church in 1977).
3. Library case bought by church in 1898 to organize a church library at
a cost of $11.35. It is still in use in the main sanctuary today.
4. In 1902 pems were purchased for church and refinished in 1977.
5. UJood from bookcase made by lYierriman Parrish, no date but given before
6. Communion service and collection plates given by mrs. Dames London
Capps, still in use for our services in 1980.
7. Piano purchased by church members, debt cancelled and given to church
by A. P. Barnes in 1922.
8. In 1953 the church bought neuj gas furnaces to replace wood stoves.
9. In 1956 two new class rooms were added with a "Queen For A Day," held
with many from neighborhood donating time and talent for this.
10. New pulpit Bible presented to church in memory of Charlie Greenway,
by his wife mrs. Ruth Greenway and also in memory of their son
Cleveland Greenway, October 21, 1962.
11. Communion Table, given in memory of Hflr. and mrs. Lucius Fleming Boyd,
by Frances Boyd and H. T. Hayes, 1963.
12. Pulpit chair, given in memory of Amos G. and Dora G. Parrott, by Edna
P. and Eugene C. Brewer, 1963.
13. Pulpit chair, given in memory of IBr. Thomas LelTlay, by wife filrs. Verna
F. Lefllay and his family, 1963.
14. Pulpit given in memory of Dr. 111. R. Cullom, by members of Poplar
Creek Baptist Church, 1963.
15. Organ presented to church by mrs. Goode Fleming in memory of her late
husband, Goode Fleming, July 10, 1966.
16. Air conditioner donated by Harriet and Henderson Yarn Company,
June 18, 1967.
17. Outdoor bulletin board given by fflr. E. C. Brewer, Blr. B. IB. Crews,
Iflr. Charlie Ledflay and Mr. Irvin Nutt, August 17, 1968.
18. Christ picture given in memory of H. B. Parrott, by daughter ITlary
Elizabeth Parrott warren, no date.
19. Gold flower urn given by Susie Alston in memory of mrs. Ola Boyd,
20. Pulpit lamp given in memory of Nelson Parrott by Mrs. Kenton l\l. Parrott,
21. Silver flower urn given in memory of Dorothy Nutt, April 12, 1909-
filay 9, 1970, by Patricia Nutt Curl and Irvin Y. Nutt.
22. In 1971 the Junior department collected bottles and sold dish cloths
to purchase the American and Christian flags for the church. Members
were: David Ball, Donna Capps, Donnie Crews, Eugenia Harris and
23. Stained glass windows added to church September 12, 1971 with members
24. December 8, 1974, Mr . Louis Greenway gave the church a speaker system.
25. New Sunday School board purchased December, 1975, by church.
26. Mr. Jimmy Knight gave railings, storm windows, gutters with new
addition in 1975.
27. Aluminum siding and steeple given by lYlr. Lyman Wilkinson.
28. Louis Greenway gave water cooler for education building in 1975.
29. Church steeple was installed March 17, 1977 on a Thursday at 10:00 A.M.,
given by lYlr . Lyman Brooks Wilkinson.
30. Bench bookracks donated by Rev. John LU . Phillips, 1977.
31. Library bookcase made and given by David Parrott, 1973.
32. Hanging lights in church given by church members and Lyman B. Wilkinson
33. Old pulpit refinished by Margaret and Louis Greenway in honor of their
grandchildren, dated October 7, 1979.
34. Church bell given by Lyman Wilkinson with John R. Hedgepeth giving yoke,
pole by Holden Oil Co., bolts and nuts by Harris Swain, installed April
35. Small library table made from original church wood. (Ylr . Lyman Wilkinson
had table made and gave to church, September, 1979.
36. Bible stand made and given to church by Rev. John W. Phillips, 1980.
37. Choir loft and baptistry given by church members and Lyman B. Wilkinson;
dedicated to Mr. Wilkinson, August 17, 1980.
38. memorial funds given in remembrance of Mrs. Hunter Harris, Hilman moss,
Eugene C. Brewer and Irvin Nutt by loved ones has made it possible for us
to accomplish building of choir loft and baptistry. Painting in baptistry
given by memorial funds and loved ones in memory of Mr. Eugene C. Brewer,
dedicated to Mr. Brewer, August 17, 1980.
39. Glass on communion given by anonymous person.
40. Picnic table given by anonymous person.
1. In memory of Dora Greeniuay Parrott 1885-1956, Amos G. Parrott 1880-1933
Given by Eugene C. and Edna Parrott Brewer and Elizabeth G. and Wilson
2. In memory of Dorothy Parrott Nutt 19D9-1970, given by Irvin Nutt, Sr.
and Jimmy Nutt.
3. In memory of Ferol Fleming Hart, 1894-1967, I. Dorsey Hart 1881-1966,
given by: Isabelle Hart Raynor, filildred Hart Bowden and I. Darsey Hart.
4. In memory of Florence Greeniuay UJright 1881-1962, George Seba Wright
1877-1966, given by the Seba UJright family.
5. In memory of Domes IKlcElree Copps, 1895-1959, given by Dames Conly Capps
and Dohn London Capps.
6. In memory of nettie F. Wilkinson 1855-1941, Peyton E. Wilkinson
1857-1041, given by Lyman D. Wilkinson.
7. In memory of Wary Parrott Gall 1878-1941, Luther R, Gall 1868-1938,
given by the Luther R. Doll family.
8. In memory of C. C. Greeniuay, Sr., 3. Cleveland Greeniuay, C. H. Greeniuay,
given by Mrs. C. C. Greeniuay, Sr.
9. Presented by Louis and Margaret Greeniuay and family.
10. Presented by Marvin and Gladys Doyd.
1. Adrian and Pearl Dall
2. Mrs. Ruth C. Greenuay, given by Dean and Audrey Honeycutt, 8-21-77
3. Regina, Donna, Letha and 3ohn Capps, 3r.
4. Dilly and Patsy Simms, 8-21-77
5. Given in memory of Peyton E. and Detty F. Wilkinson, by Lyman D.
Wilkinson, 3une 26, 1977
6. Given in memory of lYlelvin T. Goyd by H. T. and Frances Doyd Hayes,
3une 25, 1977
7. Given in Honor of Jonathan and Lisa Phillips by John IU. Phillips,
August 21, 1977
8. Given in Honor of Mrs. Lily IY1. Phillips, by John HI. Phillips,
August 21, 1977
5. Given in memory of C. C. Greenu/oy, Sr. by lYlary Greenuiay and Hilman
10. Given by lYlarvin and Gladys Doyd, December 25, 1977
11. Given by John and Sue Capps, August 21, 1977
12. Given in memory of Robert H. Harris by Derry and Peggy Harris Moss,
August 21, 1977
13. Given in memory of Mrs. Viola Fleming Satteriuhito by Oanie E.
14. Given in memory nf Mr. and Mrs. 3. U. Fleming by Mr. and Mrs. M. A.
15. To my wife Ruth, for a long happy life, 1978, Sid W. Wilson
16. Given by 3. Conly and Peggy Capps
17. Given in memory of Mr. and Mrs. S. T. LeMay by Charlie LeMay
18. Presented by Danny, Faye, Dean and Kevin Guin, 1978
19. Given by Dames Conly (3immy) Capps, Dr.
20. Given in memory of Melvin D. and Johnnie D. Greeniuay by children;
Mrs. Ouanita G. Guin, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Parrott and M. D. Green-
CHURCH ROLL 1860
Abbott, Lessey, Mrs.
Adams, C. A. , Mrs.
Adams, Pattie E.
Adcock, E. G.
Allgood, Clara Mae
* Averette, Sarah Parrott, Mrs •
* Ball, Adrian Jerome Sr. (Deacon)
Sail, Adrian Jerome, Jr.
* Ball, Allen Richard
Ball, B. F.
Ball, Fannie Collins
Ball, Charlie T.
* Ball, David Wayne
Ball, Gary Ronald
* Ball, Kenneth Bryan
Ball, Luther R.
Bali, Mary Elizabeth McCann
Ball, Mary Parrott
Ball, Martha Barker
Ball, Maude Critcher (Mrs. Benjamin F.)
Ball, Marie (see Green)
* Ball, Pearl Jackson (Mrs. Adrian, Sr.)
* Ball, Peggy Overton (Mrs. Kenneth)
* Ball, Michael Randolph
* Ball, Vickie Roberson (Mrs. Randolph)
Ball, William (Buster)
Barnes, B. C. (Carl)
Barnes, B. C. Or.
Barnes, Betty A.
Barnes, 0. J.
Barnes, James (J.T.)
Barnes, J. T.
Barnes, John W.
Barnes, M. (Mrs.)
Barnes, Walter T.
Barker, Martha (see Glover)
Barker, Molly Ellington
Barker, Mollie Parham
* Beaman, Kay Woodard (Mrs. Tony)
* Beaman, Tony Lynn
Bobbitt, Arrey? S.
Bobbitt, Mary Helen Capps (Mrs. T.V
Bowling, Betty (Mrs. UJ.B.)
Boujling, C. L.
Bowling, Charles, Mrs.
Bowling, J. 111.
Bowling, Mary Jane
Bowling, William B. or P.
Bowling, W. P.
Bowden, Mildred Harte, Mrs.
Boyd, Bobby Cullom
Boyd, Fredia Aiken (Mrs. Grey)
Boyd, Gladys Ellington, (Mrs. R.M.)
Boyd, Lucius Fleming (Deacon)
* Boyd, Madge Marie
* Boyd, Marvin Cullom (Deacon)
* Boyd, Marvin Gray
* Boyd, Nellie Grey Barker (Mrs. M.C.)
Boyd, Ola Ellington (Mrs. L.F.)
* Boyd, Rubin Marvin (Deacon)
Brame, Roberta Clark
Breedlove, Lena Patterson
Ireiuer, Amos Clifton (Deacon)
Bremer, Chippy Leigh
Breujer, Edna Earl Parrott (Mrs. E.C.)
Brewer, Eugene Clifton (Deacon)
Breujer, Peggy Hester
Brooks, Thelma Ball
Harriett E. Ellington
3. E. (Deacon)
Callis, Lillie, Miss
Callis, Lizzie Parham
Callis, R. L.
Callis, R. R.
Callis, Russell, 3r.
Callis, S. C.
Callis, S. D.
Callis, Sally R.
Callis, Sophia H. UJright (Mrs. Richarc
Callis, Sue Barnes
Callis, Terry, Mrs.
Capps, Cecil 'dJyche
* Capps, Cynthia 3a Currin(Mrs. Jerry B
* Capps, Donna Karen
Capps, Edgar Leopold
Capps, Hubert Marshall
* Capps, James Conly, Sr. (Deacon)
* Capps, Dames Conly, j"r.
Capps, James Landon (Deacon)
Capps, James McElree
* Capps, John Landon, Sr. (Deacon)
* Capps, John Landon, Jr.
* Capps, Jerry Brooks
* Capps, Julian McElree
* Capps, Letha Ann
* Capps, Louise (now Belmonte)
Capps, Peggy Uaughan (Mrs. Conly)
Capps, Sarah Ann Ellington (Mrs. James
n r. ii /m -i u Landon)
* Capps, Sue Hayes (Mrs. John
* Chappell, Myrtle Holloway
, Alice H.
Clarke, Anna Fleming
Clarke, Betty D.
Clarke, Betty W.
Clarke, J. E.
Clarke, Mary F. Falkner
Clarke, N. G.
Clarke, Robert G.
Clarke, Robert, Mrs.
Clarke, Sarah Dane
Clarke, Sarah Matthews
Clarke, Shirley Parrott (Mrs. Gene)
Clarke, Virginia F.
Clarke, Z. R.
Clarke, Z. R., [firs.
Coley, L. G.
Clayton, Lol, Sister
Clopton, Orraude, Sister
Clopton, [flattie Leona Weaver
Clopton, Martha Hester
Collins, Martha A.
Collins, Susan A.
Cottrell, Sallie (Tlae (Mrs. Elvin)
Cottrell, Mary Ellen (nam White)
* Crews, Barnes MacArle (Deacon)
Crews, Betty Jean (now Cherry)
* Crews, Donald Fleming
* Crews, Nell Barnes (Mrs. Claude F.)
* Crews, Nancy Winston (Mrs. Barnes
* Crews, Robert Winston MacArle)
Critcher, Allice, miss
Critcher, 3. H.
Critcher, J. H., Airs.
Critcher, Katherine Ellington
Critcher, Maggie (or Maggy)
Critcher, Robert, Mrs.
Critcher, W. A.
Critcher, W. H.
Critcher, Willie N. (Deacon)
Crowder, Donnie Ray
Crowder, Jackie Rose Greenujay (Mrs.
Currin, Bernice Louise (now Lambert)
Currin, Billie Y.
Currin, Bob, Brother
Currin, D. C.
Currin, 3.111. or James, Brother
Currin, Lucius, Mrs.
Currin, Mary S.
Currin, Nola Clements (Mrs. Hue)
Currin, 0. C.
Currin, Oliver, Brother
Currin, Oliver, Mrs.
Currin, Pantherina Cheatham (Mrs. R.S.
Currin, R. M., Brother
Currin, R. S., Brother
Currin, Susie, Mrs.
Delia, colored girl belonging to David
Daniel, 3.G., Brother Stone
Daniel, Tazzie Currin
Darnell, J. G.
Davis, J. H., Kirs.
Davis, L. P.
Davis, S. P.
Davis, IU, H., Brother
Debnam, J. R.
Duke, LU. D.
Edmards, Sallie LUells, (Mrs. UJ.H.)
Ammy (Mrs. Hicks)
C. T., Mrs.
D. B., Brother
Ethel (nom White)
G. til, (Deacon)
J. E., Mrs.
Lois Ellington (Mrs. LUallace)
Louisa M. (Mrs. Meredith)
Mary E., Mrs.
Mary M., Mrs.
Myra (now Harrison)
Nannie Harris (Mrs. J.M.)
Stella Hart, Mrs.
Elliott, H. G.
Elliott, Ruby Green
Elliott, UJilliam M. or Lee
Elliott, William, Mrs.
Englert, Richard J. Jr., Rev.
Evans, C. F. or T.
* Farrow, Ruth Capps (Mrs. Thomas)
Finch, Eliza Greenujay, D. R.
Finch, J. IB., Brother * Greenujay, Dennis Cleveland
Finch, John * Greenujay, Evelyn Clarke (Mrs. Charlie, Jr
Finch, Lisa Mobley Phillips (iYlrs. Kim) * Greenujay, Gloria Currin (filrs. Larry)
Finch or Finer, J. UJ. Greenujay, 3. UJ.
Fleming, Fannie Greenujay, John Richard ■
Fleming, Goode Greenujay, Johnnie Barnes (Mrs. Melvin 0.
Fleming, Isabelle Greenujay, Kenneth Sr
Fleming, James Greenujay, Laden
Fleming, James M. (Jim) * Greenujay, Larry Thomas (Deacon)
Fleming, John R. * Greenujay, Louis Lanning (Deacon)
Fleming, John UJ. * Greenujay, Melvin Dorsey, Jr.
Fleming, John Upsher (Deacon) * Greenujay, Margaret Boyd (Mrs. Louis)
Fleming, Lucy, Mrs. * Greenujay, Marie May (Mrs. Clarence)
Fleming, Minnie Talley, Mrs. Greenujay, J.
Fleming, Minnie Wilkinson (Mrs. James U. )Greenujay, Ruth Boyd (Mrs. C.C.)
Fleming, Nancy * Greenujay, Thomas Jeffrey
Fleming, Sarah (Now Ellington) Gregory, Cleveland
Floyd, J. Gresham, Martha Ann
Floyd, Mary A. Gresham, Mary Lucille
* Franklin, John Michael Gresham, Polly
Fulcher, Arlene Grissom, Durellie
Fulcher, Altron or Alaire Grissom, India
Fulcher, Arch Grissom, Lottie, Miss
Fulcher, George Grissom, Martha Ann
Fuller, I. R., Brother * Guin, Daniel Wayne (Deacon)
Gardner, Sylvia Lee Parrott George * Guin, Juanita Greenujay (Mrs. UJade)
(Mrs. Charles) *
Glover, Uiline lilomble (Mrs. Hayden)
Green, Marie Ball
Guin, Lynda Faye Capps (Mrs. Daniel)
* Guin, Philip UJade
Hamm, Maxine Parrott (Mrs. Harold)
Harris, colored belonging to Brother Jchr
Green, Nancy D. UJ. Barne:
Green, Stephen, Brother * Harris, Alice Jean Breujer (Mrs. C. Y., J:;
Green, Stephen, Mrs. Harris, Betty A. Ellington
Greenujay, C. C. Harris, Clifton
Gieenmay, Cleveland Harris, E. C.
Greenujay, Clarence Coatney * Harris, Eugenia Leigh
Greenujay, Charlie, Jr. Harris, Sid or Gid
Greenujay, Cullom Hardie Harris, Jamas H.
Harris, Harvsy C.
Harris, Hunter Fleming
Harris, L. L.
Hart, Carrie Patterson, fflrs.
Hart, Chloe Parrott (fflrs. Dorsey)
Hart, Dorsey Fleming
Hart, Ferol Fleming (Mrs. Dorsey, St.)
u . T n (Deaconess)
Hart, I. Dorsey
Hart, 3. A.
Hart, 3. A., Mrs.
Haiukins, Albert Eugene
Haiukins, Rita Jane Fergerson (Mrs. Eugene)
Hayes, Frances Boyd (Mrs. H.T.)
Hedgepeth, Annie Laura (now Ellis)
* Hedgepeth, Barbara !Ueldon(Mrs. Gilbert)
* Hedgepeth, Carolyn Ann
* Hedgepeth, Charles Ball
* Hedgepeth, Isabelle Ball (Mrs. fflalcom)
* Hedgepeth, J"ohn Richard
* Hedgepeth, fflalcom Allen
Hedgepeth, Nancy 3oyce
Hedgepeth, Sandra Kaye
Hedgepeth, Thelma Strum (Mrs. 3ohn R.)
Herseman, Betty Clarke
Hester, Bud L.
Hester, Charles H.
Hester, Charles R.
Hester, G. N. or H.
Hester, Lucy, Mrs.
Hester, Margaret lililkinson (Mrs. Frank)
Hester, Martha, colored girl
Hester, Myrtle Lee
Hester, Pattie, Miss
Hester, Pearl, fflrs.
Hester, Rebecca, ffliss
Hester, Sue Turner, Misa
Hester, Thelma, (fflrs. floy Tippett)
Hester, William, fflrs.
Hester, William H. 3r.
3oe, colored man
Minnie Parham (fflrs. H.B.)
5. S. (Deacon)
Franklin Wells, Mrs.
Core E., Sister
Margaret Wade, fflrs.
Holland, Edna (Mrs. Monnie)
Holland, Monnie C, Sr.
Holland, Monnie C. , 3r.
Hollotuay, Ida Clarke
Holloujay, 3.1. , Brother (Deacon)
Hopkins, Henrietta (now Fuller)
Humphries, Beth (Mrs. Dack)
Hunt, 3. A.
Hunter, Jennie, Sister
Hunter, Jenny W. Barnes
3ones, Lucy L.
Jones, P. T., (Kirs.
Jones, T. L., Brother
Jones, T. S., Brother
Kelly, Jason L.
Kelly, Mary G., Sister
Kittrell, J. Lewellen
* Knight, Jimmie C.
* Knight, Linda (Mrs. Jimmie C. )
Knott, D. V.
Knott, David HI.
Knott, diary A..
Knott, N. L.
Knott, UJ. T.
Knott, William T., Brother
LeMay, Alton Titus
LeMay, Annie Marshall
LeMay, Charlie Upshur
LeMay, John Cullom
LeMay, Stephen Thomas (Deacon)
LeMay, Verna Fleming (Mrs. S.T.)
Long, Eunice Wells, Mrs.
Lucy, colored lady belonging to
m „ E.L. Parrish
Mangum, HI. P.
Mary, colored girl belonging to
Jason L. Kelly
Marsh, R. H., Dr., Pastor
Maynard, Sarah A.
Merritt, Lizzie, Miss
Willy, colored girl belonging to
Mise, Jarvis P.
Miss, Virginia (Mrs. J. P.)
Morgan, S. L., Rev.,' Pastor
Moore, Clarence Broadus, Sr. (Deacon)
* Moore, Clarence Broadus, Jr.
Moore, Essie Wortham (Mrs. C.B., Sr.)
* Moore, Hilda Foster (Mrs. - Fred)
* Moore, Owen Woltz
* Moore, Ronald Blake
* Moore, Norma Laws (Mrs. Ronald)
* Moss, Jerry Lee (Deacon)
* IVloss, Mary Lee Greenway (Mrs. Hilman)
* Moss, Peggy Harris (Mrs. Jerry)
Munn, Sallair, Mrs. (Willie Mae Elliott) ,
McCamp, W. C, Mrs.
McCann, Elizabeth Adams (Mrs. William Calv.
McCann, John 8azzell
McCann, William Calvin
Nelson, E. R., Rev., Pastor
* Newton, Marsha Campbell (Mrs. Robert)
* Newton, Robert Lenwood
* Newton, Sarah Charlene
Norwood, Gloria Hedgepeth (Mrs. Carlton Let
Nutt, Dorothy Eunice Parrott (Mrs. Irvin, Sr,
Nutt, Irvin Wood, Sr.
Nutt, Irvin Wood, Jr.
* Nutt, James Norfleet
* Nutt, Maxine May Greenway (Mrs. Irvin, Sr.'
Overby, Evelyn Harris
* Owen, Irene Poythress (Mrs. John Sr.)
* Owen, John William, Sr.
* Owen, John William, Jr.
* Owen, Joseph Cyrus
Parham, A. C.
Parham, A. C. Mrs.
Parham, Asa C.
Parham, C. A.
Parham, C. A., Brother
Parham, C. G.
Parham, C. H., Sister
Parham, C. Ill,
Parham, Daisy Kelly (Mrs. Thomas)
Parham, Emma Hunt, Mrs.
Parham, £. T.
Parham, Frank E.
Parham, Henry C.
Parham, J. 0.
Parham, J. H.
Parham, J. 3.
Parham, 3. 3. , Mrs.
Parham, 3. P.
Parham, Jas. L.
Parham, James A.
Parham, Dames L.
Parham, Dane L.
Parham, Jannette, Sister
Parham, Jasper Uiayland
Parham, L. A.
Parham, L. A., Mrs.
Parham, L. Luther
Parham, L. R., (Deacon)
Parham, Lucy K., Mrs.
Parham, M. Z_.
Parham, 0. H.
Parham, P. A. Brother
P. C. Brother
Pattie Callde (Mrs. P. C.)
Charles B. Jr. Rev.
Gracie (Mrs. Charles B.)
Harriet Ellington (Mrs. Elba)
L. A., Mrs.
Lucy A., Miss
Lucy E., Miss
R„ K., Mrs.
Amos Gooch (Deacon)
Dora Eunice Greeniuay
Eugene Crawford (Deacon)
Eugene Crawford, Mrs.
Elizabeth Greenujay (Mrs. UJilson)
Ernest Nelson (Sonny)
Fannie Louise (Hobgood)
Henry Buxton, Sr.
Henry Buxton, Dr.
Julie (Mrs. Oliver Brewer)
Mary Elizabeth (Blrs. James
Nelson Vernon, (Deacon)
Patterson, Martin - Charlie
Patterson, Mary die lis Knott
Patterson, Thomas (Deacon)
Paynter, George Robert
Perry, A. C, Mr.
Perry, A. C. , Mrs.
Perry, C. C.
Perry, C. UJ.
Perry, C. UJ., Mrs.
Shirley Elizabeth (nouj Clarke) * Phillips, John UJilliam Rev. (1980 Pastoi
Sarah Cornelia Wilson, Mrs. * Phillips, Jonathan UJilliam
Sarah Elizabeth Capps (lYIrs.H .B.Sr. ) * Phillips, Lily Mobley (Mrs. John UJ.)
Sophie Capps (Mrs. H.B., Sr.)
Betty Clark, Mrs.
C. G., Mrs.
Carrie (Mrs. Fred Cottrell)
Charlie Gaston (Deacon)
C. Gib, Mrs.
Charles Gaston, Jr.
Lens (Mrs. Calvin Breedlove)
Maggie F., Miss
Raynor, Isabelle Hart (Mrs. Emmett)
Reavis, Louise Harris (Mrs. Robert)
Reese, Phyllis O'Neal (Mrs. Marvin)
Robberson, Elizabeth, Mrs.
Robberson, Enda Gresham
Robberson, Sally M.
Roberson, Annie Bell, Miss
Roberson, Allie (or Algie) Mrs.
Roberson, C. UJ.
Roberson, C. UJ., Mrs.
Roberson, Charles, Mrs.
Roberson, E. UJ.
Roberson, E. W., Mrs. Singleton, Lizzie, Sister
Roberson, Florence Sparks, Gary
Roberson, Wary A-. * Sparks, Pamela Greenway (lYIrs. Michael)
Roberson, Dflaud, Miss * Simms, Billy Newcomb (Deacon)
Roberson, Newman * Simms, Patsy Ruth (floss (Mrs. Billy)
Roberson, Numa Smith, Dorothy Jean Terrell (Mrs.
Je ssie )
Roberson, R. C. Smith, Jessie (Butch) Jr.
Roberson, III. H. Stainback, E. T., Mrs.
Roberson, HI. H., Mrs. Stainback, Frank
Robertson, Edward Lee Stainback, Marvin
Robertson, Roger Stainback, Pattie
Robinson, Bennie Stanton, ITlaude Hobgood, Mrs.
Robinson, Cleveland * Strickland, Danny Bryant
Robinson, David * Strickland, Nancy Gayla Capps (Mrs.
Robinson, Ellen Lee, Mrs. Danny)
Robinson, Melvin Stone, Delia, (belonging to David Sto
Robinson, Rooseuelt Stone, Rosetta, (belonging to David
Robinson, III. C. Strum, Almond
Robinson, BJ. C, Mrs. 5trum ' rnar y A '
Rosette, (colored girl belonging to Sykes, Maxine Bobbitt (Mrs. Ralph)
David Stone) Teague, J. U., Rev. Pastor
Rowland, Ida A. Fuller (Mrs. Presley ) * Testerman, Jean Smoke (Mrs. Lee)
Rowland, Presley E. * Testerman, Joseph Bradley
Satterwhite, Bettie, Mrs. * Testerman, Lee Wayne
Satterwhite, Emma * Testerman, Treva Lee
Satterwhite, Jack * Tharrington, Doris Owen (Mrs. Garland)
Satterwhite, James Thomas, Alma
Satterwhite, Janie Elizabeth Thomas, B. HI., Mrs.
Satterwhite, Clma M. Fleming (Mrs. Salter) Thomas, Edward
Satterwhite, Sallie, Mrs. Thomas, Nancy
Satterwhite, Walter Mitchell Thomas, Wilson
(Sunday School member)
Seaborn, Mary Frances Fulbright (Mrs. John)
Short, James A.
Short, J. W.
Short, J. W. , Mrs .
Short, Sallie, Mrs
Tucker, Mary E.
Upchurch, C. A., Rev. Pastor
Van Dyke, Pauline Ellington
Wade, Donnie L.
Wade, Lucy, Mrs.
Wade, Margaret, Miss
Wade, Mary E., Mrs.
Wade, Sudie, Sister
Catkins, Mary (Mrs. Bill)
Weaver, Geneva, Mrs.
Weaver, Mattie Leona, Mrs.
Wells, Eunice, Miss
Wells, H. B.
Wells, Lucy, Miss
West, Etta Greenujay (Mrs. Spencer)
West, W. S. Brother
West, W. S., Mrs.
Wiggins, Frances, Mrs.
Wiggins, Labon A.
Wiggins, Mary, Mrs.
Wiggins, Martha, Mrs.
Wilkinson, Allie P., Brother
A. P., Mrs.
Betty Fleming, Mrs.
Katy (Mrs. Latt R.)
P. E., Mrs.
Peyton Edwin (Deacon)
Sallie Miller, Mrs.
l/allia Doyner Puckett
Williams, E. G. Sister
Williamson, W. H., Mrs.
Williamson, W. H. Brother
Williford, Irie or Ira
Williford, Martha (Mrs.. Dtha Hicks)
Williford, Mary E., Mrs.
Williford, Pauline (Mrs. Ira)
Wilson, L. 0., Mr.
Wilson, Norris, Rev., Pastor
Wilson, S. Otha (Deacon)
Wilson, Sidney Woodrow
Wilson, Thelma (Mrs. Norris)
Wilson, W. H.
Wilson, W. H., Mrs.
Woodlief, Aljheur or Alphus
Woodlief, Estelle Ball (Mrs. Charles)
Woodlief, June, Mrs.
Woodlief, Martha G., Mrs.
Woodlief, Rufus, Mrs.
Woodlief or Woodley, Thorn
Wrenn, G. L. ?
Wright, A. 3.
Wright, A. 3. Brother
Wright, B. F., Mrs.
Wright, Betty, Mrs.
Wright, C. P., Brother
Wright, C. P.
Wright, Drulla, Mrs.
Wright, Elizabeth Wilkinson (Mrs. Owen)
Wright, Fannie Rebecca Collins (Mrs. G.W.)
Wright, G. 5.
Wright, G. W.
Wright, G. 111., Mrs.
Wright, George Seba
Wright, H. L.
Wright, Huber III.
Wright, Huber (Yl. f Mrs.
Wright, Harriett, Mrs.
Wright, Hattie S.
Wright, J". K., Brother
Wright, Jackaline 3.
Wright, 3enny ID. Callis
Wright, 3. S.
Wright, James H.
Wright, John H.
Wright, 3ohn L.
Wright, L. R.
Wright, Latham Raymond
Wright, Lucy, Mrs.
Wright, Mary (Mrs. Seba C.)
Wright, filattie, Miss
Wright, Mildred H., Mrs.
Wright, S. C.
Wright, Sally C. , Mrs.
Wright, Seba Carlyle
Wright, Sophie, Mrs.
Wright, Sophie, Miss
Wright, Sudie West, Mrs.
Wright, Tommie, Mrs.
Young, Ellen, colored girl
Young, Pheby, colored girl
Youj, Lucy Wells, Mrs.
* 1980. Members
SUNDAY SCHOOL ENROLLMENT
Nursery through Intermediates
Darry Call Young People Adults
David Dall Peggy Dall Adrian Gall
Ryan Dall Vickie Dall Pearl Dall
Scott Dall Kay Deaman Conly CLapps
John Dames Tony Deaman Dohn CLapps
(Ylichael Deaman Fredia Doyd Peggy CLapps
Christopher Doyd Gray Doyd S,ue CLapps
Madge Marie Doyd Cynthia Capps 0. Mac CLrems
Michael Doyd Derry CLapps Nancy Crews
Cindy Marie Capps Dackie Crowd er Mrs. Nell Crews
Donna Capps Gloria Greenway Louis Greenway
Dohn CLapps, Jr. Larry Greeniuay Margaret Greeniuay
Letha Capps Danny Cuin Duanita Guin
Stephanie Capps Faye Guin. Darbara Hedgepeth
Carla Chapman Derry Moss Rev. Dohn Phillips
Mark Croiuder Peggy Moss Lily Phillips
Drad Greeniuay Frances Seaborn Dilly Simms
Drian Greeniuay Pam Sparks Patsy Simms
Dean Guin Jean Teste rm an Lyman D. Wilkinson
Kevin Guin Lee Testerman
POPLAR GREEK TO HAVE "QUEEN FOR A DAY"
Poplar Creek Baptist Church will present "Quean for A Day," on
Wednesday evening Dune 6, at 8 o'clock at Dabnoy High School with an
all male cast.
The cast of characters is as follows: Dadger Hicks, Louis Greenway,
Lynn Barker, Wilson Parrott, Tom Greenway, Adrian Ball, H. T. Hayes,
Wade Guin, I. D. Hart, Gene Clark, C. Y. Harris, Br., Irvin Nutt,
Cyrus Johnson, Hilman Moss, A. B. Green, Eldridge Vinson, Cecil Capps,
John Capps, Sonny Parrott, IY1. D. Greenway, Nelson Parrott, Irvin Nutt, dr.,
A, B. Ball, M. C. ffloyd, Amos Brewer, Sam Harper, Henry White, Gene Brewer,
Conly Capps, Albert Abbott, Marvin Boyd, A. D. Glover, William Dickerson,
B. Furman Sattrsrwhite and Clarence Greenway,
Budges will be Lyman Wilkinson, Harry Wright, Frank Hicks, W. C.
Clay, Br., and Forest Ellington. The auctioneer mill be Sidney Fuller.
A cake auction will be held at intermission.
Cop tori fxom Henderson Daily Dispa tch , Buno 4, 1956.
HARD-TAIL, A FAITHFUL CHURCH IY1EIYIDER
Each Sunday morning at 10:00 a big blue automobile pulls into the
small churchyard of the little church I serve. A ujell-dressed Christian
lady and her daughter step out and walk to the church for Sunday School.
If one looks closely behind them he is able to spot my most faithful church
member. He comes padding in on four feet and though he is getting on in
years he is spry and bright for his well worn age. On his small body ore
scars and sometimes he seems stiff from old battle wounds inflicted by
sometimes larger "friends" of his species in the neighborhood. Hard-tail
is his name and I would not seek to hide the obvious fact from you that he
is a "dog" in the finest sense of the word. UJhat kind of dog is he? This
is a difficult question and my instant answer would bo that he is of the
"Heinz 57 Variety" or a mixture of many. Though Hard-tail is almost
certainly beyond classification he is my most faithful church member to
Serving as a student pastor in a rural church con be an interesting
and rewarding experience. If a young man keeps his eyes open he can meet
and bo enriched by acquaintance with wonderful and unusual Christians.
Hard-tail is indeed an unusual and set-apart "Christian Canine," lYIy first
meeting with this canine, who "darkens" our doors often, was on the. third
Sunday of my ministry there. I hod been accepted after two trial sermons
and was anxious to meet the approval of the church. Hard-tail had been
attending church services but evidently he had not been too attentive ta
my previous messages. This Sunday he came forward for closer inspection
just as I was halfway through my second point. He ambled down slowly and
with dignity to settle down to the right of the front pew in the aisle.
Amazingly, he did not take his siesta there but his eyes were open and he
politely seemed to be listening. I think it is in order to say that I half
expected him to utter a doggy "Amen, " but he did not and I hope this lock
of oral approval decs not voice his disapproval. Fortunately, he has been
faithful since and attending regularly but as of late, there has been a
rumor that Hard-tail may be a bit discontented. It seems that he is some-
what disgruntled over not having received his Sunday School pins and is
threatening the transferral of his membership. I was somewhat concerned
but I chalk it up to utter misunderstanding since humans have a difficult
time translating the peculiar canine language which he and all of his
One Sunday after the preaching service, I. ventured to ask his master
and keeper as to why they named him Hard-tail. She quickly indicated to
me that this question could best bo onsujorcd if at sometime I mould stand,
near Hard-tail when he is feverishly happy about something or being pottod
by a close friend. I quickly got the long and the short of the whole tale
and wondered no more as to why he was thusly named because some can relate
experiences concerning being battered by this southern tip of my most
faithful church member.
Needless to mention perhaps, is the lesson which Hard-tail con teach
us concerning the stewardship of our time. The rain, snow, nor hot
woothor does not keep him away. Consequently , he does not need to make
excuses concerning why he was not there "this and that Sunday." As to my
inistry to Hard-toil, he is not one to be overlooked and he loves on
encouraging pat. He neither complains nor gossips, but greets each one
as a Christian brother with a tilt of his head and a waggy interest,
Written by a former pastor — Charles Porker 1961-1965.
(From a North Dakota newspaper)
I own some good North Dakota land. It is mine. 1 have a deed in my
bank box that says so. A. lawyer, my neighbor, and all people will toll you
it's mine. It is mine for all human purposes.
Out, being a Christian farmer, I know better. It's really God's land,
I'm just keeping it for Him. This fact makes me different from all farmers
who are not boliovors in Hesus. I must form the way He would hove me farm.
God is a generous Landlord. He furnishes me the land, the seed, the
sun, the rain, the health and strength to farm, and then gives mo the whole
crop to do with as I please, God surely gets the short end of that busi-
ness deal. Out that's not all. He gives me tha right to sell out or to
pass this land on to my sons when I enter the heaven which he has prepared
for me through Desus, the Son of God, my Savior from sin. You see this
land I farm for God has come to me in just such manner from Grandpa to D_ad
lYly church of course is responsible for teaching me the ways of
Christian farming. I can see its steeple from my home. It towers high
over endless plains that extend from horizon to horizon. It is the center
of our community. Here I was baptized, and here my sons were baptized, and
God willing, they will attend our Christian day school.
Our church stands 13 miles north of lYlinot, in the midst of a farming
community--grain farming — big farming. The biggest tractors on wheels,
the biggest combines, and the biggest tillage implements are found on
almost every farm. The machinery has to bo big to farm big farms, and the
farms have to be big to support a family because this is dry land farming..
Our average annual rainfall is only about 16 inches. If our gracious
heavenly Father gives us almost all of it during the growing season, then
the crops ore well on the rood toward a fine yield provided they ore not
struck down by rust, knocked down to the ground by tho sawfly, eaten up by
grasshoppers, crowded out by woods, or beaten by hail or wind. Cut when
our rainfall is short during tho growing season, the crops wilt, becoma
stunted, and the kernels shrink.
Of course., tho crop is still not a sure thing when it ripens abundant
ly. It must be swathed — that is, cut down and laid in rows around and
around the field. The groin must lie in the swath about a week to dry.
During this poriod wind con easily blow tho swaths away, or rain can pound
the swath to the ground, which will cause tho seed to germinate and grow.
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Hail can pound tho seeds out of the head so that they cannot be saved, ftny
precipitation mill cause the seeds to bleach (losing their fine color and:
lowering of the test weight);
After the grain has been swathed and is adequately dry, the combina
picks up the swath and threshes out tho seed. The seed is stored in a
granary and later sold.
This deed crop, when sold, is the only pay check of the year for us.
On it hinges our year"s labor, and oil and gas bills, cur machinery repairs
and depreciation, our tithe and some of our dreams.
If God should see fit to give us a good crop this year, it means our
church will praspcr, and perhaps we can help our congregation put running
water in our fully self-supporting Christian day school. Perhaps we can
put running water in our house; perhaps add a room to our house, which we.
nocd so badly; perhaps pay off some of my debt for machinery.
I'm sure you see a farmer's fate is so realistically dependent upon
our gracious God. From the time of Jesus' resurrection at Easter, when the
grass also begins to come to new life again, and throughout the year our
lifo needs be a life of prayer. we pray that no hazards would fall upon
our crop if it would so be God's will. Wo pray for a dry harvest season.
UJq pray for a good price, and pray for the strength and health to get our
work done in season, and wo pray that society will distribute tho food we
produce to hungry people. If tho crop is good, Gladys, my wife, and I
pray that we may use it wisely to His glory. If tho crop bo poor, we ask
the way to take it lightly and carry on successfully. After all, the crop
is God's and He can surely do with His own as He pleases.
Out wintor is the time for relaxation and for exercise of the mind.
Sometimes wo tako a trip as we did to the Gulf Const for two weeks in 1353.
In 1952 I took some classes at the college in fflinot. Last wintor Gladys
and I worked on some Correspondence Courses. UJe read a great deal during
tho wintor and usually spend some time doing repairs on the house that can
bo done indoors. I milk a few cows, and haul grain, and repair some
machinery that can be repaired indoors.
Of course, our winters are sometimes quite severe this far north,
but we thoroughly enjoy them just as we do the summers. UJhen snowed in for
a few days, one enjoys a solitude, a privacy, and a meditative atmosphere
that a city dweller can never experience, UJhen the wind blows and the
snow drifts the roads shut, you can easily imagine the face of God sending
forth just a small portion of His almighty powor and with it so simple
transcending the powers and plans of egotistical man. And then when the •
sun shines through--such beauty-- bright sun en glistening snow. Then you
soo your neighbors again, talk with them, and appreciate people and frionds
as God would have us do, but which we do so seldom.
Our gracious God has suruly given us farmers an enjoyable way of
life. UJd work close to nature, through which God so clearly manifests
Himself day to day. Our family can work together in the kind of atmos-
phere wo ourselves build, because we have little interference from the
world and wicked people in the world. It is comparatively simple for us
to choose Christian friends for ourselves and for our children. Wo are
our own boss, and though we always have work to do, it is still possible
for us to leave for a time if we so desire. And all the while we work on
the farm we derive a certain satisfaction in that our efforts ore directed
at growing food for people.
Fully realizing that God gives me as a former so much, I understand
that of me much shall be expected. Since it is God's land I farm, I must
surely take care of it as He would have me do. That moans carrying out
good soil management and conservation practices so that it will not wash
down the river, blow away in the wind, or be "mined" for my personal profit
God has entrusted to me a portion of that soil on which all life depends
to use to His glory in a manner that will witness to my neighbors how God
wauld hove his land operated.
This is one way I can be a witness for my Savior. To everyone
driving down the road past my land that land should witness that it is
being formed as a good steward of God would farm it.
I con bo a witness to Him also of course, as every Christian con, by
talking about my Savior with all the persons I meet. As a farmer I know
something about many skills that can bo used for the upkeep and good
appearance of my church property. My contribution to a well-kept church
and grounds is a part of my witness for Him. When my tractor stands idle
on Sunday morning in busy season, that is a part of my witness. My offer-
ing on Sunday morning, that is part of my witness, and so are the duties
I undertake for my church, my community, and my farm organizations,
I thank God for the privilege of letting mo live on the land, that
powerful land through which God performs year in and year out the miracle
of making food for millions from decayed seeds.
Heavenly Father, show mn always that this earth is the Lord's
and the fullness thereof. Woke me a farmer who walks with God.
History of Poplar Creek
Revised By Laws and Rules of Order 66
Map of Church Property 68
Map of Tennis Court Property 69
Deed to Tennis Court 70
1981 Church Membership Roll 74
1981 Children's Sunday School Roll 77
BY LAWS AND RULES OF ORDER
The following special rules are for the guidance and government of
Poplar Creek Baptist Church, revised 1980.
1. It shall be the duty of every member to promptly and regularly
attend all business meetings.
2. The Pastor of the Church shall be its moderator, but in his
absence the Chairman of the Deacons shall serve as moderator.
3. All questions regarding the receiving and dismissal of members
shall be by unanimous vote. All other items of business, except
the calling of the Pastor, shall be by a majority vote.
4. The Pastor of the Church shall be called at a regular business
meeting, upon a two weeks notice, and by a three-fourth vote of
5. All Sunday School and Church Officers, and standing committees,
except Deacons, shall be elected annually in September and assume
office the first Sunday in October.
6. Deacons shall be elected by the Church as needed from among members
in good standing, of faithful attendance, and regular support to
7. The clerk shall keep a true account of the proceedings of each
meeting, take charge of all records, and keep a roll of the members
indicating the time and manner of reception and the date of death
or dismissal of every member.
8. The ordinance of the Lord's Supper shall be observed quarterly.
9. As a matter of Christian benevolence the Church shall support
financially state and southern Baptist institutions and missions.
10. These By-Laws may be changed by a majority vote at any regular
business meeting provided three months notice has been given.
11. Cemetery Rules adopted February 17, 1980.
a. Plots will be 8 feet by 10 feet for two people.
b. Only members who are members at the time of their death and
their children (one generation only) may be buried in the
c. Husbands or wives of those already buried may be buried with
d. Plots will not be given to anyone else, except members.
e. Plots will be laid off in the spring of 1980 with brick
a. That it is the sense of this church that non-resident members
should take their letters to a church that they can attend.
b. That, when for special reasons brethren prefer to leave their
membership with us in some way we expect the^to communicate
with us at least once a year and to assist in bearing the
expenses of the church.
c. That, when such non-resident members shall have gone for a
year without cooperation with the church in any way, it shall
be the duty of the clerk to so inform the church and let the
church do all in its power to bring such members into cooperation
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A. A. Zollicoffer, Jr.
P. 0. Drawer 19
Henderson, N. C. 27536
Book 5^2 Page 299
DESD OF GIFT
STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
COUNTY OF VANCE
THIS DEED, Made this the 5th day of August, 1961, by and between
CLARA V/. CAPPS, WIDOW, J. CONLY CAPPS and wife, PEGGY V. CAPPS , CECIL W.
CAPPS and wife, MARY JANE D. CAPPS, JOHN L. CAPPS and wife, SUE H. CAPPS,
JULIAN M. CAPPS and wife, CYNTHIA L. CAPPS, JERRY B. CAPPS and wife,
CYNTHIA C. CAPPS, and LOUISE C. STRAMEY BELMONTE and husband, PETER
BELMONTE, hereinafter referred to as Parties of the First Part, to POPLAR
CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH, hereinafter referred to as Party of the Second
That for and in consideration of the su/n of Ten Dollars and other
valuable considerations to them paid by the Party of the Second Part, the
receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, the Parties of the First Part
have bargained and sold and by these presents do bargain, sell and convey
unto the Party of the Second Part, its successors and assigns, that certain
tract of land in Dabney Township, Vance County, North Carolina, being more
particularly described as follows:
Begin at an existing iron pin, co
Estate and Poplar Creek Baptist C
being located 30 feet from the ce
1126 at a point which is 923.2/+ f
intersection of the center of Sta
U. 3. 158 By-Pass; run thence Sou
134.12 feet to an existing iron p
73° 50' 59" East 201.27 feet thro
iron pin located 30 feet from the
Road 1126 to a pk nail in the cen
1126; thence North 17° 16' 03"' Ea
pk nail in the center of State Ro
South 87° 17' 13" West 30 feet to
beginning. The same being a tri
present property of Poplar Creek
contains .16 acres and is more sp
on map of property of Poplar Cree
LAwornct. Dabney Township, Vance County, No
jcoffer a zolucoffeb July 24, 19 61 , prepared by Wallac
rner of J. M. Capps
hurch, said point
nter of State Road
eet North of the
te Road 1126 and
th 87° 17' 13" West
in; thence South
ugh an existing
center of State
ter of State Road
st 69.24 feet to a
ad 1126; thence
the place of the
ngle adjoining the
Baptist Church and
k Baptist Church,
rth Carolina, dated
e G. Cawthorne.
Deed p ags__2
TO HAVE AMD TO HOLD the aforesaid tract or parcel of land and all
privileges and appurtenances thereto belonging to the said Party of the
Second Part, and its- successors and assigns, to its only use and behoof
in fee simple.
And the said Parties of the First Part covenant with the Party of
the Second Part, its successors and assigns, that they are seized of said
premises in fee and have the right to convey the same in fee simple; that
the same are free and clear from all encumbrances, and that they will
warrant and defend the said title to the same against the claims of all
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the said Parties of the First. Part have
hereunto set their hands and seals this the day and year first above
_•___ l^JjJl-B-E^L (SEAL)
Clara W. Capps., Widow
S?:: ^"^Jr.-^z.. yJid?/?.^. (SEAL)
7". Conly Capps
„*>.L__ j ■'■-',■'- Ai: (SEAL)
Cecil W. Capp's " Tl
'2 _„__' ■-<~-_Ai _j'L_<' (SEAL)
Mary Jane T). Capps
John L. Capps
LLICOFFES ft ZOLUCOFfER
HENOEBSON. H. C.
Sue H. Capps/
_. _. _ , (SEAL)
Julian M. Capps
l4^JJ 2 c/^iU^_LI^^*^M^-_(SEAL )
Cynthia L. Capps 7 ^ r ~
I — — I W ■ JU
Deed . . . . _ P age 3
^/.£SJ±. ^--.,-^^'r- ( SEAL )
Jerry B .""Capps / /
Cynthia C. Capps
Louise C. S^raney, BeTiiiontJe
STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
COUNTY OF .J/ji^JU-.
I, a Notary Public of the County and State aforesaid, certify that
Clara '.</. Capps, Widow, personally appeared before me this day and
acknowledged the execution of the foregoing instrument.
Witness my hand and notarial seal this _£%_ day of LIuck . , 1981.
Notary^/Puolic ni '
My commission expires :__£/l2_/^2._
STATS OF NORTH CAROLINA
COUNTY OF VANCE
I, a Notary Public of the County and State aforesaid, certify that
J. Conly Capps and wife, Peggy V. Capps, personally appeared before me
this day and acknowledged the execution of the foregoing instrument.
Witness my hand and notarial seal this J^^/__ day of - (Jm -l - , 1981.
Notary J'uolic 2/ ', v
My commission expires '■_^J~J'jj£
STATS OF 22'£"
COUNTY OF' ".l^lZ, ;
I, a Notary Public of the County and State aforesaid, certify that
Cecil W. Capps and wife, Mary Jane D. Capps, personally appeared before
me this day and acknowledged the execution of the foregoing instrument.
Witness my hand and notarial seal this ££%_. ^ & Y, °f
Notary Public -xi- .
My commission expires: f/£3jL£!JL
'LLICOFFER ft ZOLLiCOFFER
HEKOtOSON. N C
STATE OF /( • C
COUNTY OF" S-JJJkSilJi
I, a Notary Public of the County and State aforesaid, certify that
John L. Capps and wife, Sue H. Capps, personally appeared before me this
day and acknowledged the execution of the foregoing instrument.
'Witness ray hand and notarial seal this .Q 1 / day of UUi*. ■ , 1981.
Notary(/Public -,, sf*
My commission expires :_ _JSH l%3,_
STATE OF Qj'J^LS- 4 ^.
COUNTY OF" £j-_^g4£<L '.
I, a Notary Public of the County and State aforesaid, certify that
Julian M. Capps and wife, Cynthia L. Capps, personally appeared before me
this day and acknowledge the execution of the foregoing instrument.
V/itness my hand and notarial seal this v /** day of QcXobef^ , 1981.
Notary Public </
My commission expires: J>~/ / ? / % Y
STATE OF ~li_C _,_
COUNTY OF Zykafe£cl__.
I, a Notary Public of the County and State aforesaid, certify that
Jerry 5. Capps and wife, Cynthia C. Capps, personally appeared before me
this day and acknowledged the execution of the foregoing instrument.
V/itness my hand and notarial seal this ^J^__ day of _Jjluz : , 1981.
Notary (Public 'hi <
My commission expires '■__J2JH.& J
STATE OF NeO [O^rf.
I, a Notary Public of the County and State aforesaid, certify that
Louise C. Straney Eelmonte and husband, Peter Eelmonte, personally appeared
before me this day and acknowledged the execution of the foregoing instru-
V/itness my hand and notarial seal this 2.S.. day of _§>_£?£.,_., 1981.
Notary Public i ,
My commrssi'on expires: ^IjhAA^i
JOHN k- Hlfl->- „ „
Nst.r, Public. Stale e< How r<K*
LAW OFriCIS WOT" *» . . .... CountV
LLICOFF^ a ZOLLICOFFER My Ccmmi^ion Expire- M4«n -J- lv -o*'
Poplar Creek Baptist Church
1981 Membership Roll
N. R.-Averette, Sarah Parrott
Ball, Adrian Jerome (Deacon)
Ball, Allen Richard
Ball, David Wayne
Ball, Kenneth Bryon
Ball, Pearl Jackson
(Mrs . Adrian)
Ball, Peggy Overton
Ball, Michael Randolph
Ball, Vickie Roberson
Beaman, Kay Voodard
Beaman, Tony Lynn
N. R.-Belmonte, Louise Capps
Boyd, Bobby Cullom
Boyd, Freida Aiken
(Mrs . Gray
Boyd, Gladys Ellington
(Mrs. R. Marvin)
Boyd, Madge Marie
Boyd, Marvin Cullom (Deacon)
Boyd, Marvin Gray
Boyd, Nellie Barker
(Mrs. Marvin C. )
Boyd, Reubin Marvin (Deacon- Emeritus)
Brewer, Edna Earl Parrott
(Mrs. Eugene C.)
Capps, Cynthia Currin
(Mrs. Jerry B.)
Capps, Donna Karen
Capps, James Conly, Sr. (Deacon)
Capps, James Conly, Jr.
Capps, Jerry Brooks
Capps, John Landon, Sr. (Deacon)
Capps, John Landon, Jr.
R. -Capps, Julian McElree
Capps, Letha Ann
Capps, Peggy Vaughan
(Mrs. J. Conly, Sr.)
Capps, Sue Hayes
(Mrs. John L. , Sr. )
R.-Chappel, Mozelle Holloway
Crews, Barnes MacArle (Deacon)
Crews , Donald Fleming
Crews, Nancy Winston
(Mrs. B. MacArle)
Crews, Nell Barnes
Crews, Robert Winston
Crowder , Donnie Ray
Crowder, Jackie Greenway
R. -Ellington, Lois Ellington
R. -Farrow, Ruth Capps
(Mrs . Thomas )
Faulkner, Regina Capps
Finch, Lisa Phillips
N. R. -Franklin, John Michael
N. R. -Gardner, Sylvia Parrott George
Glover, Wiline Womble
(Mrs . Hayden)
Greenway, Charlie, Jr.
N. R. -Greenway, Dennie Cleveland
Greenway, Evelyn Clarke
(Mrs. Charlie, Jr.)
Greenway, Gloria Currin
Greenway, Larry Thomas (Deacon)
Greenway, Louis Lanning (Deacon)
Greenway, Margaret Boyd
Greenway, Marie May
Greenway, Melvin Dorsey, Jr.
Greenway, Ruth Boyd
N. R. -Greenway, Thomas Jeffrey
Greenway, Walter Elam
Guin, Daniel Wayne (Deacon)
Guin, Juanita Greenway, Mrs.
Guin, Lynda Faye Capps
Guin, Philip Wade
Harris, Alice Jean Brewer
(Mrs. Clarence Y.)
Harris, Eugenia Leigh
Hedgepeth, Barbara Weldon
Hedgepeth, Carolyn Ann
Hedgepeth, Charles Ball
Hedgepeth, Isabelle Ball
(Mrs . Malcom)
Hedgepeth, John Richard
Hedgepeth, Malcolm Allen
Hedgepeth, Nancy Joyce
Hedgepeth, Sandra Kaye
Hedgepeth, Thelma Strum
(Mrs. John R.)
Knight, Jimmie C.
Knight , Linda
(Mrs . Jimmie C . )
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LeMay, Charlie Upshur
N. R. -Moore, Clarence Broadus , Jr.
Moore, Hilda Foster
Moore, Norma Laws
N. R. -Moore, Owen Woltz
Moore, Ronald Blake
Moss, Jerry Lee (Deacon)
Moss, Mary Greenway
(Mrs , Hilman)
Moss, Peggy Harris
(Mrs. Jerry Lee)
Newton, Marsha Campbell
Newton, Robert Lenwood
Newton, Sarah Charlene
Nutt, Janes Norfleet
Nutt, Maxine May Greenway
(Mrs. Irvin, Sr.)
Owen, Irene Poythress
(Mrs. John, Sr.)
Owen, John Thomas, Sr.
Owen, John Thomas, Jr.
Owen, Joseph Cyrus
Parham, Samuel Oliver
Parrott, Charles David
N. R. -Parrott, Elbert Eugene
Parrott, Elizabeth Greenway
(Mrs. S. Wilson)
Parrott, Soloman Wilson
Paynter, George Robert
Phillips, John William, Rev.
Phillips, Jonathan William
Phillips, Lily Mobley
(Mrs . John)
N. R. -Reese, Phyllis O'Neal
(Mrs . Marvin)
Satterwhite, Janie Elizabeth
Seaborn, Frances Fulbright
Simms, Billy Newcomb (Deacon)
Simms, Patsy Ruth Moss
Sparks, Pamela Greenway
Strickland, Danny Bryant
Strickland, Nancy Gayla Capps
Testerman, Jean Smoke
Testerman, Joseph Bradley
Testerman, Lee Wayne
Testerman, Treva Lee
Tharrington, Doris Owen
Wilkinson, Bailey Thurman
N. R. -Wilkinson, Katy
Wilkinson, Lyman Brooks
Wilkinson, Vallie Puckett
Wilson, Sidney Woodrow
Wright, Lathan Raymond
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Ball, Eric Jerome
Ball, Kenneth Bryon, Jr.
Ball, Michael Ryan
Ball, Randal Thomas
Beaman, Michael Leighton
Boyd, Christopher Gray
Boyd, Michael Cullom
Capps, Cindy Marie
Chapman, Carla Denise
Crowder, Mark Ray
Greenway, Brad Lanning
Greenway, Brian Thomas
Guin, Christopher Dean
Guin, Kevin Wayne
Moss, Amy O'Brien
Moss, Stephen Todd
Seaborn, Johnny Michael
Sparks, Michael Coatney
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